Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Medium Blue
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Deciduous Herbaceous Aromatic
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant is resistant to deer
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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
On Jan 14, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have not grown this plant. Blue Shrub Sage, Shrubby Blue Sage (Salvia ballotiflora) is also known by these common names: Mejorana, Medjorana, Shrubby Blue Salvia, Engorda-cabra and Crespa. It is endemic to the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains regions of Texas. It may be found on gulf prairies, brushy hillsides, thorn forests, chaparrals, thickets, brush lands and marshes in rocky, sandy, sandy loam, gravelly, caliche, gravelly or limestone soils. A much branched small shrub, it is between 2 to 6 feet tall (rarely to 8 feet) and 1.5 to 3 feet wide and prefers full sun. It can tolerate part sun and filtered shade; however, it becomes leggy. It can not grow in full shade. Its opposite, simple, oval, aromatic green leaves vary in size with moisture availability and are up to 1.6 inches long. From spring throughout the summer and into fall, small bluish to bluish-purple (rarely white) flowers are produced following a rainfall. These are followed by the fruit which are four nutlets within a brown folded calyx. In cultivation, too much fertilizer or water causes it to grow leggy. To keep it nicely shaped, pruning is necessary.
Although blue sage is not grazed by livestock or wildlife, it serves as cover for small mammals and Painted Lady caterpillars. It is a nectar source for a variety of butterflies. Its dried leaves have been used to flavor meats and other foods and can be brewed into a tea. Its seeds used by Indians for food.