Desert Sage, Gray Ball Sage

Salvia dorrii var. pilosa

Desert Sage Gray Ball

Color: Purple

Common name: Desert sage, Gray Ball Sage

Latin name: Salvia dorrii var. pilosa


Height: 1-2 feet

Description: Clusters of 2-lipped flowers arrange themselves in balls on the stem.

Leaf: The 4–32 mm linear to spoon-shaped blue-gray leaf is widest 1–15 mm from base, abruptly narrowed to stalk

Range: n Mojave Desert, s High Sierra Nevada (e slope), Tehachapi Mountain Area, Great Basin Floristic Province

Habitat: Desert slopes, washes Elevation: 900–1900 m.

Flowering time: May-Jul

Notes: Salvia dorrii var. pilosa, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California. This photo was taken April 24, 2004 in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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