Blue Shrub Sage

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Blue Shrub Sage

Salvia ballotiflora
Salvia; Shrubby Blue Sage; Mejorana; Engorda-cabra
4

6 feet
4

6 feet
Northern Mexico and gulf prairies; common in sandy soils south of San Antonio.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Birds
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun to partial shade. A deciduous and mostly inconspicuous native sage with an open branching habit. Leaves and flowers are both edible. It’s not at all common in the nursery trade, but ubiquitous in brush piles underneath cenizo and other south Texas shrubs where it shapes itself to whatever conditions it finds. Use shrub sage to bulk up any native planting, especially in unwatered dry or thin soils. Touch it up as needed to maintain an attractive form. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies when in bloom, and provides refuge for small mammals.

Maintenance

Light grooming or training improves the aesthetic appeal. Cut back in winter or very early spring if you prefer a denser form.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
4-6' H, 4-6' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Blue
Bloom Time:
May, June, July
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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