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Salvia melissodora

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: melissodora (mel-iss-oh-DOR-uh) (Info)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Seems to do really well in dry conditions, but temperatures close to 100 F seems to curl its foliage a bit.

Flowers young and plentifully, growing happily all the while.

Positive Kitte On Jul 17, 2011, Kitte from San Francisco, CA wrote:

My favorite salvia! I have this growing in a gigantic planter, is lovely w/ limelight helichrysum in front. Purple flowers that are loved by hummingbirds. & They really do smell like grape, very yummy.

Mine flowers even tho it only gets part sun at best. I do prune it fairly frequently to keep it neat. But the overall growth habit is still fairly dense.


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

Oak Park, California
Richmond, California
Rohnert Park, California
San Francisco, California
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Belton, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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