Chaparral Sage

Salvia clevelandii
Category Shrub
Size 4' x 6'
Flower Color Blue-violet
Flower Season Spring to Summer
Exposure Full or Partial Sun
Water Low
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness 15°F

Foliage is fragrant


Native to California, the chaparral sage performs extremely well in both low and middle deserts of Arizona. Chaparral sage grows in excess of 5 feet tall by 6 feet wide. The soft gray-green foliage of chaparral sage is extremely aromatic. The flower spikes are this plant's most striking feature, with clusters of blue-violet flowers stacked like shish-kebobs along the stalk. This showy, fragrant shrub attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.


In very hot climates, plant chaparral sage in situations where it will have some relief from the intense Arizona sun. Allow plenty of room for this plant to grow, as it can reach a mature size in excess of 5 feet tall by 6 feet wide. In low-elevation zones, water chaparral sage every four to six days in the summer. Water every seven to ten days in the winter. Chaparral sage requires well-drained soil. Prune in the spring to remove spent, flowering stalks.