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Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' - Bee's Bliss Sage
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Salvia leucophylla x S. clevelandii or S. sonomensis)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' (Bee's Bliss Sage) - This native California shrub grows low to the ground, never exceeding 2 feet, and can reach 6 to 8 feet wide and draping over rocks or walls. It has an extended bloom with whorls of lavender-blue flowers on 1 foot long spikes from mid-spring into early summer, rising above the tomentose gray-green leaves. Plant in full sun and water sparingly. This plant is quite drought tolerant, particularly in coastal gardens and seems to dislike overhead irrigation which can promote powdery mildew along the coast. Looks its best with occasional deep watering. Considered hardy to 20-25 F but has reportedly survived to 18 F without damage. Makes a great groundcover, particularly on slopes and attracts bees, butter?ies, hummingbirds and other birds to the garden but is not particularly attractive to browsing animals. It is a garden hybrid that was selected in 1989 by Roger Raiche at the University of California Botanic Garden and named by Marcia Donahue. It is thought to be a cross of Salvia leucophylla with either Salvia sonomensis or Salvia clevelandii though some have noted its similarity to a plant called Salvia 'Gracias', which is described as a Salvia sonomensis and Salvia clevelandii hybrid from an unknown source. The Theodore Payne foundation describes 'Bee's Bliss' as more draping than 'Gracias' and more compact than Salvia leucophylla 'Pt. Sal Spreader' This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'.
 
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