Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' (Bee's Bliss Sage) - This native California shrub grows low to the ground, never exceeding 2 feet, and can reach 6 to 8 feet wide, making a carpet on the ground and draping over rocks or walls. It has an extended bloom with whorls of lavender-blue flowers on 1 foot long spikes from mid-spring into early summer, rising above the tomentose gray-green leaves.
Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and water sparingly. This plant is quite drought tolerant, particularly in coastal gardens and seems to dislike overhead irrigation which can promote powdery mildew along the coast. Looks its best with occasional deep watering. Considered hardy to 20-25° F but has reportedly survived to 18° F without damage. Makes a great groundcover, particularly on slopes and attracts bees, butter?ies, hummingbirds and other birds to the garden but is not particularly attractive to browsing animals.
Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' is a garden hybrid that was selected in 1989 by Roger Raiche of Planet Horticulture when he worked at the University of California Berkeley Botanic Garden and was named by garden designer and artist Marcia Donahue. It is thought to be a cross of Salvia leucophylla with either Salvia sonomensis or Salvia clevelandii though some have noted its similarity to a plant called Salvia 'Gracias', which is described as a Salvia sonomensis and Salvia clevelandii hybrid from an unknown source. The Theodore Payne foundation describes 'Bee's Bliss' as more draping than 'Gracias' and more compact than Salvia leucophylla 'Pt. Sal Spreader'. We have grown this great native California sage cultivar since receiving it from Betsy Clebsch in 1996.
Information about Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.