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Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage

Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'

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Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff') at Roger's Gardens

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage

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Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff') at Roger's Gardens

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage flowers

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b


A native variety that may eventually grow quite large; whorls of purple flowers on towering spike in spring; silvery gray-green foliage is quite aromatic; used for erosion control on banks; excellent cut or dried flowers for arrangements

Ornamental Features

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of purple flowers rising above the foliage from early to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has grayish green foliage with silver undersides. The fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features