This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Winnifred Gilman Cleveland sage
Salvia clevelandii "Winnifred Gilman"
Size: Under 4 feet tall
Bloom season: Spring and summer
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks in summer after bloom. Prune to maintain a compact form.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.
Snapshot: This California native is a woody evergreen shrub that grows up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It produces maroon-stemmed, brilliant blue-violet flowers from mid-spring to early summer. The gray-green leaves have a deliciously strong fragrance. This variety of Cleveland sage particularly likes Sacramento's weather. It is heat- and drought- tolerant but not for gardens where water pools in winter. It can't stand soggy roots. Hummingbirds and butterflies love this evergreen shrub. You can see specimens in the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on campus.
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