Marin Master Gardeners
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Plant Guide

Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'

Common Name
Charparral Sage
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
3' x 3'
Flower Color
Violet Blue
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Fragrant Gray-Green Linear to Lancelate
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Adverse Growth Factors
Special Features
  • Fragrance
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' is one of the smaller clevelandii  only getting about 3' tall. It is extremely drought-tolerant with attractive purple to lavander spikes in branch terminals. The bloom period is about 1 month in early summer. Removing spent flowers will cause a second flush of bloom later in the season. The leaves of this plant are extremely fragrant. Can be used as a foundation plant background for perennial gardens.

Plant slightly above the soil grade in well-drained soil. Will tolerate a wide range of soil pH's. Will grow in most soils as long as they are well-drained. If provided excess water, will grow larger and leaves will turn from gray-green to green. Winnifred Gilman seems to be a little more garden and frost tolerant. Pruning is best done in two stages; cut a third off the stems in the fall and another half of what is left in winter. This will keep its shape more manageable.

Bees and hummingbirds are very attracted to this plant. Deer hate it.

No significant diseaseor pest problems.

Master Gardener Comments

I love the aroma of this plant. Put it in a hot , sunny location and enjoy its frangrance all summer long. It reminds me of California chaparral country. Flowers are nice when in bloom but I mainly plant this salvia for the fragrance of its leaves. Very drought tolerant.


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