purple sage Lamiaceae Salvia
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, ovate to deltoid in shape, to 3 inches in length; woolly-tomentose and gray-green or blue-green above and below; aromatic.
Flower: Species is monoecious; light purple-pink, in whorls borne on an 8 inch spike; individual flowers to 1/2 inch with long pistils and stamens extending beyond the pea-like coralla; very aromatic.
Fruit: Small shiny nutlets borne in husks.
Twig: Red-brown to gray-brown and woolly-tomentose.
Form: A rounded straggling shrub to six feet tall with arching branches that root where they touch the ground.
Looks like: white sage
- fragrant sage
- black sage
| Additional Range Information:
Salvia leucophylla is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting purple sage.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson