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Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage

Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'

Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh lew-KAN-thuh
SKU #09140

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Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Allow soil to dry between waterings.
Blooms Spring through Fall
Mature Size Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Mounding
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Landscape Use Border, Container
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Gray-green
Companion Plants Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia); Switch Grass (Panicum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Sedum (Sedum)
Care Thrives 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.
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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