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Cleveland Sage

Cleveland sage flowers

Cleveland sage flowers

Cleveland sage flowers

If you want your sage to make a big statement in the garden, plant salvia clevelandii. Despite its name, Cleveland sage is native to California and grows best in hot, dry conditions. In fact, it can grow on rainfall alone, once established. This cultivar grows as a shrub and can reach 8 feet wide and 5 feet high. It flowers on long, arching branches with tube-like, lavender flowers. Cleveland sage is a good substitute for common sage when cooking as it is very fragrant and flavorful.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 8.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 8 to 11


  • Grows 3 to 5 feet in height
  • Spread to 8 feet


  • Well-drained soil
  • Once established, only needs occasional watering


  • Drought tolerant
  • Wrinkly, gray-green, leathery leaves with saw tooth edge
  • Attracts birds, butterflies, and bees
  • Also known as blue sage or fragrant sage
  • Recommended for culinary use as well as teas

Have you grown Cleveland sage plants? Are they easy to tend and harvest? Please tell us about your experiences growing Cleveland sage.


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