Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage

Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' PP #12,949

A perfect, more compact cultivar brings vertical character of Mexican bush sage into smaller gardens. Bears the same spikes of velvety indigo blue flowers on arching branches as its parent. Excellent high profile accent plants for xeriscape and native landscapes as well as an important gray-green foliage for warm climate perennial borders. Attractive to hummingbirds. Great in creative containers. Annual in cold climates, semi-woody perennial in warm ones. Full sun. Rapid growth to 3 feet tall and as wide.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationSAL-vee-uh lew-KAN-thuh
LoreMexican 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.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureColorful and Carefree

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.

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