• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Rapid growth to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful and Carefree
    Blooms:
    Spring through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SAL-vee-uh lew-KAN-thuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Rapid growth to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Spring through Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA superior plant for hot dry slopes and banks. Rugged enough for rock gardens in warm climates and natural rocky outcroppings where it is likely to naturalize. Exceptional component of Mediterranean style gardens both formal and casual. With similar requirements as western natives, it is suitable for xeriscape or wild gardens in the driest climate. A chameleon equally suited to traditional mixed borders and cottage gardens with perennials and flowering shrubs. Performs in large artistic pots and particularly beautiful in quality terra cotta.
    Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia); Switch Grass (Panicum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Sedum (Sedum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average to enriched, well-drained soils. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates some drought when established. Cut back annually to rejuvenate. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer when new growth emerges. Shear lightly after first flush to promote continued flowering.Pruning time: early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Salvias are classified into the mint family, Labiateae which contains over 750 different species of herbs and subshrubs from quasi-arid climates around the world. This species is a frost tender native ranging over much of Mexico and first classified at the University of Madrid by Antonio Jose Cavanilles (1745-1804). This cultivar was discovered by a Santa Barbara, California gardener Kathiann Brown as being an improvement on the species. It was named KAB in her honor and marketed via Plant Haven to be introduced in 2000 s Santa Barbara.
    Lore:
    Mexican sage does not share the pleasant scent or culinary values of the seasoning sage. Oils do have a mild pest resistant quality that leads to their use in some indigenous granaries and basket making. The flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds.

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