This distinctive evergreen shrub is instantly recognizable by the strong, sweetly refreshing fragrance it gives off when its grey-green foliage is rustled, warmed, or watered. Deer and bunnies find the aroma displeasing, so they tend to leave chaparral sage alone for people, hummingbirds, and butterflies to enjoy. It’s rumored that they can get up to 6 feet tall and wide, but in our experience they’re usually a lot closer to 4 feet in stature. Trumpet-shaped purple flowers bloom in whorls along stalks that extend beyond the rounded mound of foliage in spring and early summer. For more blooms and a longer life span, give this fast-growing shrub at least 6 hours of sun every day, adequate drainage, and don’t overwater. It will reach full size within a few growing seasons and bloom reliably year after year.
Height: 4 – 6 feet
Width: 4 – 6 feet
Bloom color: Blue Violet
Flowering season: Spring, Summer
USDA minimum zone: 7
Cold hardiness: 10° F

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