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Salvia pachyphylla

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: pachyphylla (pak-ee-FIL-uh) (Info)

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4 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive melissa48 On Sep 10, 2014, melissa48 from El Prado, NM wrote:

This plant was bought from High Country Gardens about 10 years ago It gets direct light in the summer until late afternoon. It is in a walled garden that faces East. It has gottnen bigger each year and the flower display is wonderful.

It's not my yard, but I spend a lot of time in this garden.

Anyway, it grows well in Taos/El Prado area.

Positive plutodrive On Jul 23, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

The foliage on Salvia pachyphylla is very fragrant.

Neutral art_n_garden On Jul 1, 2009, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Recommended by PlantSelect in 2005 as a shrubby xeriscape perennial-
From their website, "The purpose of Plant Select is to seek out, identify and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains."

Positive montsho On Mar 20, 2009, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very nice plant but hates to be watered. I had 2 and one died during the winter because I forgot to drill drainage holes in the pot. This has got to be the only plant that looks nice with dead flowers on it.

Positive CarolineL On Jul 14, 2008, CarolineL from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I like this plant. It's big and showy and the bees love it. It requires only an occasional deep watering (it's common name is Mojave Sage). Haven't had a problem with reseeding, but I mulch heavily.

Santa Fe Greenhouse - aka High Country Gardens - does offer it for sale. 2 varities, in fact. I just planted the new Blue Flame.

Neutral rcn48 On Jun 19, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Outstanding flowers and attractive large fuzzy silver leaves. However, I've given this plant a Neutral rating because it's almost a nuisance in our gardens, self seeding everywhere.

Edited July, 2007 - This plant was sold to me as S. pachyphylla, however it appears that it is actually Salvia sclarea.

Neutral ewinter On Sep 6, 2004, ewinter from El Prado, NM wrote:

This plant grows in the demonstration xeriscape garden at Santa Fe Greenhouse of mail-order company High Country Gardens in Santa Fe, NM. They do not, however, offer it for sale.


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

Big Bear City, California
Elk Grove, California
Fairfield, California
San Leandro, California
Vacaville, California
Denver, Colorado
Morrison, Colorado
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Hebron, Kentucky
Hickory, Kentucky
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Santaquin, Utah
Lexington, Virginia

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