Salvia sonomensis is a creeping flat perennial sage that
can spread to 10' across. The sage flowers are blue-violet from May to
June, appearing in a 6"spike above gray-green leaves that lie on the
ground 1" or so high. Creeping sage is native to dry slopes in
the coast ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills. Seems to grow at its best
in shade/part shade, under shrubs or in the shade of shrubs like Manzanita
or Mountain Lilac.
Cold tolerant to about 0 degrees F. This plant is temperamental if
planted in interior full sun. At its best one plant will cover an area 10 by 15
feet, but in hot sun the plant may die back to the crown in one day when it gets
too hot or dry (110F and 10 inches or less of annual rainfall). In contrast, in part shade of a bush they are
easy. We've had Creeping Sage in the ground here for years.
Salvia sonomensis is native in San Luis Obispo county on windswept
ridges in serpentine soils, and in red clay on north slopes. In Big
Sur area it grows on loose sandy slopes under the conifers near the
peaks at about 4000-5000 feet. It has done ok on our sandy loam
and will grow in heavy clay soils as long as the water doesn't
stand. A beautiful ground cover between manzanita
with monkey flowers
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Salvia sonomensis tolerates clay and serpentine.
Salvia sonomensis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Salvia sonomensis has color gray, is evergreen and has fragrance.
Flower of Salvia sonomensis has color blue and has a fragrance.
Communities for Salvia sonomensis:Chaparral, Northern Oak Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.