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List of Salvias and Sages for the Garden

This Salvia list is comprised of all of the salvia species and varieties that I have found in California nurseries. I have planted most of them in a garden somewhere to see how they grow and have rarely been disappointed. I am sure there are more varieties out there that I will continue to find and add to this Salvia List.

The Genus Salvia is represented with a wide range of plants both from the new world and the old. There are plants from the tropics as well as from more temperate regions. Some will make it where it is down right cold. While others are damaged or even killed with a light frost. With this wealth of diversity of source material there is an amazing array of species and hybrids to choose from. And many are available at a number of nurseries. Given the right species they can be put to almost any purpose found for an herb or shrub.

I use sages as bedding plants with species such as Salvia spectabilis and Salvia farinaceae 'victoria'.

California's native sages include Salvia apiana, Salvia carduacea, Salvia columbariae, Salvia dorrii, Salvia leucophylla, Salvia mellifera, Salvia spathacea. These sages provide much of the naturally occurring food for attracting  hummingbirds during the winter.

The edible herbs are Salvia elegans and Salvia vulgare and their various cultivars. In my opinion a garden should be full of foods and fragrance.

Sages can be well represented perennial border using Salvia chiapensis, Salvia lyrata, Slavia muelleri, Salvia regla, Salvia superba, and Salvia urica.

Silver and grey gardens can be enhanced by a wealth of Sages including Salvia argentea, Salvia apiana, Salvia aurea, Salvia dorrii, Salvia chamaedryoides, Salvia clevelandii, Salvia discolor, Salvia karwinskii, Salvia lanceolata, Salvia leucantha, Salvia leucophylla, and Salvia verticillata.

Tropical gardens can always use a splash of color and the tropical sages are excellent in providing that with Salvia aurea, Salvia cacaliaefolia, Salvia chiapensis, Salvia confertiflora, Salvia dorisiana, Salvia gesneriiflora, Salvia indigo spires, Salvia involucrata, Salvia iodantha, Salvia karwinskii, Salvia madrensis, Salvia Purple Majesty, Salvia regla, Salvia puberula and Salvia wagneriana. Tropical sages are great plants for attracting hummingbirds at all times of he year.

A number of sages are quite drought tolerant, some even drought requiring. If you are trying to keep your water consumption under control the following would be a good choice; Salvia columbariae, Salvia dorrii, Salvia blepharophylla, Salvia canariensis, Salvia carduaceae, Salvia clevelandii, Salvia greggii cultivars, Salvia lanceolata, Salvia leucantha, Salvia leucophylla, Salvia mellifera, Salvia microphylla, Salvia semiatrata and Salvia spathacea.

Taking the opposite extreme, when you just need to include a sage everywhere, there is the bog sage, Salvia uliginosa, and Salvia lyrata can take a soggy situation as well.

Fragrance is a very important factor in the garden for me. A list of particularly pungent sages might be a good way to conclude. Salvia apiana, Salvia clevelandii, Salvia dorisiana, Salvia elegans, Salvia mellifera, and Salvia melissodora are all good fragrant choices.

Common Names --------Plants by their Latin Names
Allen Chickering Sage * Salvia Allen Chickering
Andean Silver Leaf Sage * Salvia discolor
Anise Scented Sage * Salvia guaranitica
Argentina Skys * Salvia guaranitica argentina skys
Autumn Sage * Salvia greggii
Balkan Clary * Salvia nemorosa, Salvia spectabilis, Salvia sylvestris
Beach Sage * Salvia africana lutea, Salvia aurea
Bee Sage * Salvia apiana
Berzerkeley * Salvia microphylla Berzerkeley
Black Sage * Salvia mellifera
Blue Bush Sage * Salvia urica
Blue Sage * Salvia clevelandii
Blue Spike Sage * Salvia uliginosa
Bog Sage * Salvia uliginosa
Brandegee's Sage * Salvia brandegeei
Buchanan's Sage * Salvia buchananii
Canary Island Sage * Salvia canariensis
Candelabra Sage * Salvia candelabrum
Cancer Weed * Salvia lyrata
Cherry Sage * Salvia microphylla
Chiapas Sage * Salvia chiapensis
Chia * Salvia columbiae
Coahuila Sage * Salvia coahuilensis
Costa Rica Blue * Salvia guaranitica Costa Rica Blue
Crimson Sage * Salvia spathacea
Delta Leaf Sage * Salvia microphylla
Dancing Dolls Autumn Sage * Salvia Dancing Dolls
Danielle's Dream Mexican Sage * Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream
Desert Sage * Salvia dorrii
Desperado Sage * Salvia Desperado
Dune Sage * Salvia africana lutea, Salvia aurea
Dwarf Indigo Spires Sage * Salvia Mystic Spires Blue
Eyelash Leaf Sage * Salvia blepharophylla
Fiery Sage * Salvia darcyi
Forsythia Sage * Salvia madrensis
Fruit Scented Sage * Salvia dorisiana
Fuchsia Sage * Salvia iodantha
Salvia greggii Annie * Dark Pink Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii San Takao * Pale Pink Autumn Sage
Furman's Red * Red Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii Desert Blaze * Variegated Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii alba * White Variegated Autumn Sage
Gentian Sage * Salvia Patens
Golden Sage * Salvia africana lutea, Salvia aurea
Graham's Sage * Salvia microphylla
Grape Scented Sage * Salvia melissodora
Hotlips Sage * Salvia microphylla Hotlips
Hummingbird Sage * Salvia spathacea
Indigo Spires * Salvia Indigo Spires
Ivy Leaf Sage * Salvia cacaliaefolia
Jerusalem Sage * Phlomis fruticosa
Jerusalem Sage * Phlomis lanata
Karwinski's Sage * Salvia karwinskii
Lemmon's Sage * Salvia lemmonii
Lilac Sage * Salvia verticillata
Little Leaf Sage * Salvia microphylla
Meadow Sage * Salvia lyrata
Mealy Sage * Salvia farinacea
Mexican Sage * Salvia leucantha
Midnight Sage * Salvia leucantha Midnight
Muirii Sage * Salvia muirii
Peach Sage * Salvia dorisiana
Pineapple Sage * Salvia elegans
Pitcher Sage * Salvia spathacea
Point Sal Spreader * Salvia leucantha Point Sal Spreader
Pozo Blue Sage * Salvia Pozo Blue
Purple Desert Sage * Salvia dorrii
Purple Jerusalem Sage * Phlomis purpurea
Purple Mexican Sage * Salvia leucantha Midnight
Purple Sage * Salvia leucophylla
Red Velvet Sage * Salvia confertiflora
Rocky Mountain Sage * Salvia lanceolata
Rose Leaf Sage * Salvia involucrata
Royal Purple Sage * Salvia muelleri
San Takao * Salvia greggii
Santa Barbara Mexican Sage * Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara
Sapphire Sage * Salvia sinaloensis
Scarlett Sage * Salvia coccinea Lady in Red
Sierra del San Antonio * Salvia jamenisis
Silver Sage * Salvia argentea
Silver Leaf Sage* Salvia discolor
Sinaloa Sage * Salvia sinaloensis
Swamp Sage * Salvia uliginosa
Tarantula Sage * Salvia involucrata
Tera Seca * Salvia mellifera Tera Seca
Tequila Sage * Salvia gesneriiflora
Texas Sage * Salvia coccinea Lady in Red
Texas Sage * Salvia greggii
Thistle Sage * Salvia carduacea
Wagner's Sage * Salvia wagnerii
Waverly* Salvia Waverly
White Sage * Salvia apiana
Woodland Sage * Salvia nemorosa, Salvia spectabilis, Salvia sylvestris

Latin Names

Salvia adenophora
Salvia africana-lutea * Golden Sage, Beach Sage, Dune Sage
Salvia Allen Chickering * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage, Bee Sage
Salvia argentea * Silver Sage
Salvia aurea * Golden Sage, Beach Sage, Dune Sage
Salvia blepharophylla * Eyelash Leaf Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage
Salvia buchananii * Buchanan's Sage
Salvia cacaliaefolia * Ivy Leaf Sage
Salvia canariensis * Canary Island Sage
Salvia candelabrum * Candelabra Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia chamaedryoides * Germander Sage
Salvia chiapensis * Chiapas Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Blue Sage
Salvia coahuilensis * Coahuila Sage
Salvia coccinea Lady in Red
Salvia columbariae * Chia
Salvia confertiflora * Red Velvet Sage
Salvia Dancing Dolls * Dancing Dolls Autumn Sage
Salvia darcyi * Fiery Sage
Salvia desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia discolor * Andean Silver Leaf Sage
Salvia dorisiana * Fruit Scented Sage, Peach Sage
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia elegans * Pineapple Sage
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria' * Mealy Sage
Salvia gesneriiflora * cv Tequila, Tequila Sage
Salvia greggii alba * White Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii Annie * Dark Pink Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii Desert Blaze * Variegated Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii Furman's Red * Red Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii San Takao * Pale Pink Autumn Sage
Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skys' * Anise Scented Sage
Salvia guaranitica 'Costa Rica Blue' * Anise Scented Sage
Salvia involucrata * Rose Leaf Sage, Tarantula Sage
Salvia 'indigo spires'
Salvia iodantha * Fuchsia Sage
Salvia jamensis Sierra de San Antonio
Salvia karwinskii * Karwinski's Sage
Salvia lanceolata * Rocky Mountain Sage
Salvia lemmonii * Lemmon's Sage
Salvia leucantha * Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream * Danielle's Dream Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha midnight * Purple Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara * Santa Barbara Mexican Sage
Salvia leucophylla 'point sal spreader' * Purple Sage
Salvia lyrata * Meadow Sage, Cancer Weed
Salvia madrensis * Forsythia Sage
Salvia maraschino
Salvia melissodora * Grape Scented Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia mexicana limelight
Salvia microphylla * Cherry Sage, Graham's Sage, Delta Leaf Sage, Little Leaf Sage
Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley'
Salvia microphylla 'Hotlips'
Salvia muelleri * Royal Purple Sage
Salvia muirii * Muirii Sage
Salvia Mystic Spires Blue * Dwarf Indigo Spires Sage
Salvia nemorosa plumosa * Woodland Sage
Salvia patens * Gentian Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Pozo Blue Sage
Salvia 'Purple Majesty'
Salvia regla * Mountain Sage
Salvia riparia = Salvia viscosa
Salvia San Takao * Pink Autumn Sage
Salvia semiatrata
Salvia sinaloensis * Sapphire Sage, Sinaloa Sage
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage, Pitcher Sage, Crimson Sage
Salvia spectabilis * Woodland Sage
Salvia X superba 'snow white'
Salvia sylvestris = Salvia nemorosa * Balkan Clary, Woodland Sage, May Night Sage
Salvia tera seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia uliginosa * Blue Spike Sage, Swamp Sage, Bog Sage
Salvia urica * Blue Bush Sage
Salvia verticillata 'purple rain' * Lilac Sage
Salvia wagneriana * Wagner's Sage
Salvia 'waverly'