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Salvia glutinosa

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: glutinosa (gloo-tin-OH-suh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bz48 On Aug 14, 2013, bz48 from Interlaken, NY wrote:

I've been growing this plant under sugar maples for many years (zone 5). I haven't watered it ever even in dry years. It does self sow. Transplanting larger plants doesn't always work so well.

Positive Siirenias On Jul 12, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I planted some S glutinosa in dry clay in front of my garden hose. It started very dry there, and stopped fussing in less than a month. It now grows strong and seems to be flowering all summer.

I use that hose more often now, so I'm not certain that it's growing dry. It might be growing alternating wet and dry clay, which would be quite a trick.

Positive saya On Aug 4, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Salvia has surprised me because of the size of it's flowers. The flowers are about 1 inch and that makes this Salvia showy. The leaves also kept looking fresh and nice through our summer 's drought and heat in my sheltered southfacing garden. I 'm recently disappointed about the very tiny yellow flowers of S. roborowski that I've pulled out. It is flowering for the first time for me after sowing. I've planted the seedlings out in spring 2003.
I like it that it's flowering somewhat later in the season (august). As far I can judge it: it's a keeper in my garden.

Salvia glutinosa is also called Sticky Sage. The calyx of the flower is very sticky..


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oak Park, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Barbourville, Kentucky
Interlaken, New York

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