Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'

This selection from the University of California Botanic Garden is noted for its low, nicely spreading habit. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide or more. Its large lavender-pink flowers bloom throughout summer and are very popular with bees. Plant it in full sun; it tolerates rocky, poor soils and has low water requirements.

Wildlife Value: Sage blossoms in spring and summer are a magnet for honeybees, butterflies (including the Common Hairstreak), and hummingbirds. The Green-backed Goldfinch feeds on its seeds. Black Sage is said by beekeepers to be one of the best nectar sources for honeybees.