Germander sage

Salvia chamaedryoides

Description

Germander sage is a low growing perennial to 2-3 ft. tall with a spreading root habit resulting in plants reaching 3-4 ft. wide and greater. Small gray leaves contrast nicely with colorful deep powder-blue flowers in late spring and fall, and intermittently during warm months.

This species is native to central Mexico’s arid climate zones where it survives heat, cold and summer drought. It is well suited for planting along borders, on banks and slopes and in raised planters in Inland Empire gardens where its foliage and flowers provide showy character. It grows best in full sun, on well-drained soils and with reduced summer irrigation. Clipping in late fall can help maintain shape and stimulate more flowering in the spring.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Season: Spring, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Raised planters, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.