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Products > Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'
Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' - Bee's Bliss Sage
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Salvia leucophylla x S. clevelandii or S. sonomensis)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
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 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 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. It is a garden hybrid that was selected in 1989 by Roger Raiche at the University of California Botanic Garden and named by 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'Information displayed on this page about  Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.