These aren't real sages but they are related. They are
fragrant and have large flowers.
calycina,California Pitcher sage grows about 3 ft tall and about
the same wide. Under stress it will go summer deciduous. It can
tolerate very hot dry climates and cold winter temperatures. It likes
full sun but can tolerate part shade. The flowers are large and light
purple. The foliage is very fragrant. This pitcher sage likes well
Lepechinia calycina, California Pitcher Plant, is here growing with Salvia mellifera on the right, Trichostema lanatum on the left, and Adenostoma fasciculatum in the background, with Pinus sabiniana in the center back of the other photo.
is a little bit softer than
California pitcher sage as it comes from more coastal climates.
tolerate temperatures in the teens. It has purplish pink flowers a
little darker than California pitcher sage. It likes little part shade
in the interior. Although it does better with a little moisture. It
made it through our 110 degree F. summer on only 12 inches of rainfall
in our demonstration garden. It just went summer deciduous. Wallace's
Pitcher sage has fragrant foliage.
San Diego pitcher sage looks a lot different from the
other to mentioned here. The foliage is more shiny , not so hairy, and
darker green with purplish stems and tints of purple in the foliage.
The flowers aren't so elongated with smaller less prominent sepals. It
the most elegant of the three. It likes rock soils. It is real happy in
a rock garden or with a large rock next to it.
Some of the Artemisia plants that are native to California.
Canyon gray sage brush is a California sagebrush that
stays only about a foot tall. It has the same feathery gray foliage and
fragrance as the regular California sagebrush. It will tolerate
serpentine and clay soils as well as well drained soils.
Artemisia californica X Montara is another low growing
Artemisia. It is a naturally occurring hybrid between Artemisia
californica and Artemisia pycnocephala. It reaches only about a foot
tall. Montara tolerates sea side conditions, clay, and serpentine soil.
Great Basin Sagebrush has larger leaves but the same gray
foliage and fragrance. It is found in large portions of very dry areas
in northern and central California. It is a little more substantial
than California sage brush. It is about 4 feet tall. Great basin
sagebrush likes sandy well drained soil.
Salazaria mexicana, Bladder-Sage is an intricate little bush with purple pea-figwort flowers, an inflated seed pod, AND spines
Lost of little spiny stems. Bladder Sage grows along the edge of the California deserts up into the areas where is is almost non-desert like.