Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Salvia leucophylla (Purple Sage)

5/7/05 Pentachaeta Trail, Triunfo Creek Park, 
Santa Monica Mountains, Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, CA 

5/7/05 Pentachaeta Trail

4/30/05 Happy Canyon Road, Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area,
Santa Lucia Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara County, CA


COMMON NAME: Purple Sage

SPECIES: Salvia leucophylla

FAMILY: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 5/7/2005

LOCATION: Pentachaeta Trail, Triunfo Creek Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Shrub, prostrate to erect, < 1.5 m; hairs dense, branched

Leaf 2–8 cm, oblong-lanceolate, puckered, base ± truncate to ± cordate; teeth small, rounded; margin sometimes rolled under

Inflorescence: clusters 1.5–4 cm wide; bracts ovate, < calyx

Flower: calyx 8–12 mm, upper lip entire, acute, not spine-tipped, lower lip generally 0; corolla tube 6–13 mm, rose-lavender, upper lip 6–8 mm, slightly < lower lip; stamens and style exerted

Fruit: nutlet 2–3 mm, brown or dark gray

Ecology: Dry, open hills

Elevation: 50–800 m.  

Bioregional distribution: s Central Coast, Outer South Coast Ranges, South Coast, Western Transverse Ranges, San Gabriel Mountains  

Distribution outside California: Baja California

Horticultural information: SUN, DRN: 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 &IRR: 8, 9, 14, 19, 20, 21; CVS, including GRCVR; also STBL.

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