Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'
|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.|
|Watering||Allow soil to dry between waterings.|
|Blooms||Spring through Fall|
|Mature Size||Fast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11
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