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Salvia Species, Blue Shrub Sage, Shrubby Blue Sage

Salvia ballotiflora

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: ballotiflora
Synonym:Salvia laxa
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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





This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Tucson, Arizona

Dallas, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Rio Hondo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 8, 2014, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I grow this on a steep limestone hill in calcareous soil in morning sun with no irrigation after the first year. It was slow to establish but lived through the 2011 drought. It is now starting to look really good in a wild shrubby sort of way. I did take some cuttings this year in spring and am planting two more.


On Jan 16, 2010, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Texas narive in 26 Texas counties. Hummers love the blooms Habitat for painted lady caterpillars


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 ... read more


On Dec 7, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Blue Shrub Sage, Shrubby Blue Sage Salvia ballotiflora is Endemic to Texas.