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Salvia dorrii - Purple Desert Sage

Salvia dorrii is native to the deserts of California and the West from Arizona to Washington. Good drainage is a must. The red bracts contrast so vibrantly with the blue flowers. It is worth making the conditions work for the Purple Desert Sage. The gray leaves are a plus too. Salvia dorrii grows to about 2 feet tall and wide. Salvia dorrii is a great addition to the Butterfly Garden attracting the Painted Lady, Coudless Sulfur, the California Dogface, Sara Orangetip, Umber Skipper Butterfly, and the Northern White SkipperSalvia dorrii often grows in areas that get brief snow cover.

Salvia dorrii, Purple Desert Sage

Flowers and foliage of Salvia dorrii, the Purple Desert Sage. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.