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PlantFiles: Rose Leaf Sage
Salvia puberula 'El Butano'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: puberula (pub-ER-uh-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: El Butano

Synonym:Salvia involucrata var. puberula

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral arthurb3 On Nov 25, 2012, arthurb3 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This sage grows into a large open plant with very, very, fragrant leaves. A slight brush against the leaves releases a strong, almost unpleasant frangrance. The scent will stay on the clothing for hours. It blooms just before frost with a 5" by 3" flower head that looks misshapen when compaired to other sages. The plant is a good filller but neither the flowers or follage give it any special place in the garden.


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

San Leandro, California
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Raleigh, North Carolina

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