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Products > Salvia 'Allen Chickering'
Salvia 'Allen Chickering' - 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
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (S. clevelandii x S. leucophylla)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Salvia 'Allen Chickering' (Sage) - A dense shrub that grows to 5 feet tall with an equal or greater spread. Leaves are gray-green and approximately 1 inch long. The 2 foot long flower spikes of deep lavender flowers form on a tier of whorls in late spring and summer. For its best appearance this plant requires full sun, well-draining soil and only occasional summer watering and once established it requires even less watering. This Salvia is frost hardy to about 15° F. As with other native sages, to keep a dense and more attractive plant cut back in the winter by about a third or more when young - once mature with woody stems, only tip prune. This plant was the first cultivar selected at The California Botanic Garden (formally Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden). The first plant so named was discovered in 1937 by the chair of the garden's trustees, Allen Chickering, who reportedly found this hybrid between the Blue Sage, Salvia clevelandii and the Purple Sage, Salvia leucophylla, while on a morning walk in the botanic garden. Though this first plant was never propagated, a later nearly identical plant was selected in 1949 and released in 1955 as Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Salvia 'Allen Chickering'.