Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage
Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' Plant Patent #12,949Item #9140 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
A more compact selection of the ever popular Mexican bush sage with the same rich purple flowers and long-blooming nature. Beautiful soft, gray-green foliage is a wonderful complement to the bright blooms. Makes a stunning addition to a rock garden or mixed shrub border. A must-have for sunny Mediterranean-style gardens. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SAL-vee-uh lew-KAN-thuhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Fast Growing, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Spring through FallFlower color:PurplePatent 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average to enriched, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Prune lightly after the first flush to promote continued bloom. Hard prune annually to rejuvenate. Fertilize lightly in early spring.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.