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PlantFiles: Creeping Sage, Florida Keys Sage, Southern River Sage, River Sage
Salvia riparia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: riparia (rip-AR-ee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Salvia misella

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosinaBloom On Oct 1, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

This blue River Sage is so lovely to have in your summer garden. It attracts bees, especially Bumble bees.
I was blessed with having three separate clumps of it in my front garden - because the birds planted it.
Although not a nusance at all, its underground root system travels, and you just need to pull out any new shoots where you don't want them to be growing. Thus the word "creeping"
is used in the desciption above.
At the end of summer flowering I used to prune it right back as the stalks get quite woody looking. It is a very hardy plant.


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

Largo, Florida
Okeechobee, Florida

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