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Products > Salvia 'Desperado'
Salvia 'Desperado' - Desperado Sage
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (Salvia apiana x S. leucophylla)
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Salvia 'Desperado' (Desperado Sage) A large hybrid sage that grows to 6 to 8 feet tall (have seen reports to 10 feet!) with many long stems produced from the base of the plant that are clothed in aromatic white-gray foliage that is similar to the White Sage (Salvia apiana) but slightly longer and narrower. These stems are terminated with wands of lavender-pink flowers arranged in 3 inch wide whorled clusters that are more similar, but bigger than Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla). Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate very little if at all. Likely hardy to at least down to 10 F. In early summer the the larger leaves from winter-spring growth drop, often turning rusty colors first, with the smaller and even whiter foliage remaining as plant goes into drought dormancy - avoid watering at this time. A great flowering accent plant or contrasting foliage plant where you have room. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds.This plant was introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1998. It is larger and has darker flowers than Salvia 'Oso Falls', a plant of this same parentage that San Marcos Growers introduced in 2003 but has since discontinued after comparing these two plants growing side by side at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Information displayed on this page about  Salvia 'Desperado' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.