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Salvia 'Oso Falls'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (Salvia apiana x S. leucophylla)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Salvia 'Oso Falls' - A shrub that grows to 4 to 5 feet tall with aromatic gray leaves and long wands bearing pink flowers in tight whorls (verticillasters) in spring.

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Requires no additional irrigation in our coastal gardens and likely needs none inlands as well. Hardy to at least 10 to 15 F. An interesting and showy large sage for the native garden.

Salvia 'Oso Falls' is a naturally occurring hybrid that is presumed to be between Salvia apiana and Salvia leucophylla, the two salvias that grow adjacent to where this plant was collected near Upper Oso campground in the Los Padres National Forest. Discovered and brought to us by Santa Barbara Landscape Contractor Dave Frantz. The foliage is like Salvia apiana, but it has whorls of pink flowers like Salvia leucophylla. We started growing this plant in 2003 but discontinued it in 2008 to concentrate on the similar but larger and more showy Salvia 'Desperado', which is also a Salvia apiana cross with S. leucophylla. 

This information about Salvia 'Oso Falls' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.