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Growing Salvia chamaedryoides: Germander Sage

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Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free areas.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 1-3' high and 3-4' wide.
Flowers: Vivid dark blue, with a raised upper lip and a flared, two-lobed lower lip.
Bloom: Often summer or fall, but sometimes fall through winter into spring, or twice a year in spring and fall, depending on the local climate.
Fruit: Up to four tiny seeds at the base of each dried calyx (cup-like structure that holds the flower and ovary).
Leaves: Downy, silver green, mostly silver in full sun, oval, edges slightly toothed, fragrant.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: Spreads by rhizomes. Slightly invasive.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-10. It dies to the ground in hard freezes and comes back from its roots in the spring.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to less than 50% shade.
Water once established: Once or twice a month in part shade. Weekly in full sun during the hottest parts of the year.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
Planting: This plant does well in containers.
Prune: After the last frost, remove winter damage.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed, division of root clumps, cuttings.
Uses: Ornamental, wildlife attractor.

This plant is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae) and is a sage, not a germander. Another common name is Mexican Blue Sage. Its flowers resemble Salvia farinacea: Mealycup Sage.

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Latest update: February, 2019.

Salvia chamaedryoides: Germander Sage - flowers

Salvia chamaedryoides: Germander Sage