Allen Chickering sage

Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’


The Allen Chickering sage has among the finest foliage and flower fragrances among our California native flora. It is a cultivar that grows with a mounding habit, 3-4 ft. tall and usually 5-6′(occasionally 7′) wide. Foliage is comprised of deeply wrinkled gray-green leaves that are wonderfully aromatic when crushed; very colorful blue-purple flowers occur for several weeks in early spring.

This highly popular California native cultivar came from the hybridization of S. clevelandii and S. leucophylla. In early spring it provides striking flower color and foliage value in native and Mediterranean garden settings across the Inland Empire. It is a bold flowering accent plant in perimeter garden areas, on slopes and among mixed plantings; its foliage produces very noteworthy garden fragrance when touched. It does best in full sun, with good drainage and limited summer water.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Sprawling, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Drought, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Attracts bees, Fragrant foliage, Fragrant flowers, Attracts butterflies
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 4 ft. – 7 ft.