Salvia mellifera

Salvia mellifera E. Greene
Black sage

Family: Lamiaceae 

Habit: Purple-flowered shrub, 1 to 2 m.; hairy, glandular.

Distribution: Commonly scattered about chaparral from coastal mesas, hills and mountains in central western California to northern Baja California, Mexico.

Seed unit: Nutlet, 2 to 3 mm.            

Seed:  Ovoid compressed-triangular, surface marbled, spotted, brownish.

Embryo: Embryo spatulate, well-developed cotyledons, very little or no endosperm.

Purity instructions:  Pure seed definition:
AOSA:  PSU#10 - Intact nutlet, whether or not a seed is present. Piece of broken nutlet larger than one-half of the original size, unless no seed is present. Seed, with or without seed coat.

Lab notes: Mature-sized nutlets are often empty.

Average pure seed units per gram:  1,270 seeds per gram (based on AOSA pure seed units only from 107 samples received for testing from 1992 to 2002).

Range of percent pure seed:  39% to 99%

Range of percent inert:  1% to 60%

Description of inert:  Broken seed, plant material.

Planting instructions:  400 seeds, TB, 21 days @ 15° to 25°C; for fresh and dormant seed, 15°C and GA3 recommended.                     

References:  (link to main reference page)
Hickman, J.C., Ed.  1993.  p. 728.
Ransom Seed Laboratory