Rose Sage is a 3 foot tall shrub with attractive blue flowers in showy purple bracts. This sage is similar to S. dorrii which occurs in juniper woodlands. Salvia pachyphylla needs no summer water in most of populated California and excellent drainage. Rose Sage likes full sun/part shade/filtered shade and sandy soil, with no weeds. Grows in light shade under Pinus jeffreyi, Pinus coulteri, and Pinus ponderosa. Also grows in full sun between pines and oaks such as Quercus kelloggii, and Quercus chrysolepis. Deer don't seem to like it much. Rose Sage has silver foliage and is evergreen. Butterflies and hummingbirds like Rose Sage. Tolerates a lot of stuff, mulch, rocks, drought, some water, doesn't tolerate heavy clays, drip, or fog.
If you want this sage but have those things try our hybrid of it with Cleveland Sage, Salvia clevelandii X pachyphylla 'Celestial Blue'
Here's a native
sage page where you can see all the Salvias of California.
Salvia pachyphylla tolerates sand.
Foliage of Salvia pachyphylla has color green, is evergreen and has fragrance.
Flower of Salvia pachyphylla has color blue and has a fragrance.
Communities for Salvia pachyphylla:Pinyon-Juniper Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest.