Common Name: Purple Sage. Named for its light-colored, lavender-pink flowers which appear in early spring, this plant is also called Gray Sage for its light-colored foliage.
Botanical Name: Salvia Leucophylla
Where found: Common in areas with coastal influence. Native to the coastal foothills from San Luis Obispo to Orange County.
Use by Chumash/Tongva: Leaves were eaten; also used as hair ointment/wash because of its fragrance. Used in ceremonies and as medicine. Smoked.
Use by wildlife: Its flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
Information researched by Grade 4 student 2015 Logan.