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Bee's Bliss Sage Journal

Salvia Bee’s Bliss – Bee’s Bliss Sage

May 10, 2010. - Bee's Bliss Sage - Salvia Leucophylla Bee's Bliss.
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Bee’s Bliss Sage is a hybrid of another California native, Purple Sage, and is grown as an attractive groundcover in full sun to part shade. While the name may conjure images of 70′s b-movie (no pun intended) “Swarm” for some people, I like the idea of encouraging honey bees into our yard. So far this year we have seen a few already but they come mainly just to drink from the birdbath since there is not much currently blooming. They may also be looking for nesting sites but I speculate.

This low lying shrub is drought tolerant although it doesn’t mind a little supplemental moisture in hot summers. It is a fast grower to 4′ or 5′ wide and not much more than 1′ high. The flower stalks may grow a little taller. In addition to Bees, Salvia Bee’s Bliss is enjoyed by hummingbirds, butterflies and like many other sages the foliage has a pleasant aroma.

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Plant Meta Data

Common NameBee's Bliss Sage
Botanic NameSalvia 'Bee's Bliss'
OriginCalifornia
Bloom PeriodSpringSummer
Bloom Color
Light RequiredSun
Water ToleranceOccassional
Potential Size (H x W)1' x 5'
NotesAttracts ButterfliesAttracts HummingbirdsAttracts BeesFragrant

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May 10, 2010. - Bee's Bliss Sage - Salvia Leucophylla Bee's Bliss.Apr 3, 2010. - Bee's Bliss Sage - Salvia Leucophylla Bee's BlissFeb 21, 2010. - Bee's Bliss Sage - Salvia Leucophylla Bee's Bliss New nursery specimen.