Salvia mellifera or Black Sage

Black sage plant Salvia mellifera photo

Salvia mellifera or Black Sage is an evergreen shrub that produces white to light blue flowers from March to July.  Growing anywhere from three to six feet in height, they are known for their aroma which is distinctly California chaparral and coastal sage scrub.  It is one of the keystone sage species in the region and a critical food source for birds and insects.  Examples of this sage can be found at the southwest end of the Yawkey Trail.