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SALVIA 'Allen Chickering'

Image of Salvia 'Allen Chickering'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA 'Allen Chickering'

Plant Common Name

Ornamental Sage

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

This gorgeous yet tough dryland sage produces some of the most charming flower spikes that are equally attractive after they bloom. It is a hybrid of two Southern California native species, both highly drought resistant and capable of surviving without rain for up to ten months. Both species and hybrid prefer hot slopes or very well drained porous soils to prevent root rot. This is a semiwoody plant that produces a spreading shrubby form capable of covering a large area over time.

This sage blooms in early spring with the rains and cool weather. The long spikes feature worls of purple blossoms that are irresistible to hummingbirds. These mature to seed capsules which are architecturally interesting late in the season, and make a decorative dried cut flower. Small fuzzy grey leaves are fragrant due to the high oil content which is crucial to its incredible drought resistance. Provide infrequent watering to young plants until roots are sufficient to survive the dry season on its own.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes