Did you know CLEVELAND or MAIDEN SAGE (Salvia clevelandii) along with other native sages have two sets of leaves? In the spring after the winter rains the fragrant leaves are longer, greener and lush. As the summer heats arrive they kick off those leaves and smaller, tougher gray leaves appear that help the it from transpiring (or losing) water. Gray hairy foliage helps reflect light and trap moisture. This is a great plant for those hot dry spots in your yard.
It is and evergreen shrub, growing 3-5 and is native to Southern California where it grows on dry slopes Native Americans toasted seeds used as food, the leave were used as spice and chewed to relieve gas. A poultice of warmed leaves was applied to neck for earaches and sore throats And best of all Whorls of purple/blue flowers in spring attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. After flowering, leave the seed heads on for the birds
We will have this sage and more such as Salvia figueroa, munzii, spathacea, and leucophylla at the Bringing Back the Natives sale on May 6 and 7. 10 am-4 pm.