Salvia sonomensis Farmar-Bower is a golden creeping sage that is a
garden-tolerant perennial creamy yellow flowers. Apparently, this yellow flowered form is more common in the northern
portions of the state.
sonomensis selection, 'Farmar-Bower,' is very clay tolerant, and does
best in afternoon shade/semi-shade here on the central coast ranges of
California. In southern California it may need some supplemental water
during November through April.
Unusual flower color for a California sage. Grows
well, and makes a natural groundcover, and excellent companion plant
under manzanitas such as Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths' and
Arctostaphylos manzanita x 'Dr. Hurd', and certain other shrub/tree
manzanitas, for those people that cannot be satisfied with just mulch,
but need plants covering the ground of their garden space, or do not
like the "messy" look of gorilla hair mulch, chipped plant material
mulch, or oak leaf mulch. This Salvia
sonomensis selection blends beautifully
with the blue-flowered sages, such as Salvia sonomensis, Salvia sonomensis 'Mrs. Beard', when they are grown together.
This creeping sage has yellow flowers. Betsy
Clebsch reports it was introduced by Cal Flora nursery in Fulton and was
named after the former manager of Skylark Nursery and one of the most
clay tolerant of the sages. Cal Flora has this listed
www.calfloranursery.com/plinfo.html and contribute it to Kent Calkin of
Creative Landscape Consultants.
An Email from one of the many correctors "Just thought I would point out
that Salvia sonomensis 'John Farmar-Bowers'was listed as S.s. 'Farmar
Bower' with no John and no s, in your web site. Also he was the owner of
Skylark Nursery, not the manager. Minor points but they might as well be
right. It was named to honor him and the errors do not do that." We had
this on the website.
Here's a native
sage page where you can see all the Salvias of California.
Salvia sonomensis 'Farmar-Bower' tolerates clay.
Salvia sonomensis 'Farmar-Bower' is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Salvia sonomensis 'Farmar-Bower' has color green, is stressdeciduous and has fragrance.
Flower of Salvia sonomensis 'Farmar-Bower' has color yellow and has a fragrance.
Communities for Salvia sonomensis 'Farmar-Bower':Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.