Salvia sonomensis X Salvia clevelandii 'Gracias' is all the information we can find as to the history of the plant. The plant is definitely a Salvia sonomensis, the hybridization with S. clevelandii is questionable as it stays low and has the S. sonomensis flower/foliage.
This form has been drought tolerant, rock stable(as stable as 'Pozo Blue' and that is a wonder), hardy to at least 10F, and tolerant of heat. Maybe we should grow it, right? Clay or sand, interior or coastal, 'Gracias' sage doesn't care. Grey foliage creeps across the ground at 6 inches high. Blue flowers make their appearance in May. Use in a sunny rock garden, small retainer bed, or in a rock wall where it can spill. A grey lovers dream.
A customer in Goleta corrected about size, hers was eight feet across in one year. One site is so bad it took seven years to get that big, BUT it lived! Sages are tough customers if you grow them right. They can live in rock, sand or clay for more than 40, yes FORTY years. No soil amendments, no fertilizer, no drip irrigation, an occasional pruning and keep the dust off of them; native sage are EASY.
Here's a native
sage page where you can see all the sages of California.
Salvia 'Gracias' tolerates sand, clay and deer.
Salvia 'Gracias' is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Salvia 'Gracias' has color gray, is stressdeciduous and has fragrance.
Flower of Salvia 'Gracias' has color blue.
Fruit of Salvia 'Gracias' is edible.
Communities for Salvia 'Gracias':Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Southern Oak Woodland and Central Oak Woodland.