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Salvia x 'Allen Chickering'

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(Allen Chickering Sage) Whorls of tiny violet flowers punctuate the stems of this sage's fragrant, gray-green foliage. It is a hybrid of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla.

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Degree of Difficulty
Challenging
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is can be challenging to grow in conditions outside those in which it is found in the wild.
Common name
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Allen Chickering Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
48"/48"/60"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Any
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Drought resistant
Pot size
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
No
Hummingbird plant? Yes
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Blue Tag Plant
This plant is sensitive to overwatering and wet soils.
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(Allen Chickering Sage) Whorls of tiny violet flowers punctuate the stems of this sage's fragrant, gray-green foliage. It is a hybrid of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla.

Allen Chickering Sage is a native of California's coastal scrub lands and was introduced to commercial cultivation by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Chickering was an early 20th century chairman of Rancho Santa Ana's board, who was instrumental in fostering RSABG's collection and storage of California native seed stock.

An effective tall groundcover, this drought- and heat-tolerant sage also works well as a border, background or screen in native plant gardens and dry landscapes. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds are all attracted to it. Songbirds find cover and tasty seeds amid its branches.

Allen Chickering Sage has an upright, mounding form. It isn't picky about type of soil and needs little watering. It grows well in full sun, especially in coastal areas with mild winters.