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Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: microphylla (my-kro-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Wild Watermelon

Synonym:Salvia grahamii

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cloverlymd On May 23, 2009, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Long-lived and tough, but not weedy: a real charmer. It will layer if encouraged or given the chance.

Positive Marilynbeth On Oct 26, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Gorgeous flowers!

I ordered this from Mountain Valley Growers this year. First time growing 'Wild Watermelon' and first time ordering from MVG. Happy on both counts! I planted one plant in the ground this year and even though it isn't hardy for zone 6a, I'm planning on growing it each year. I love it!

Positive penpen On Sep 1, 2004, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grew two plants from seed during late summer. Surface sown seeds germinated in 3 days . It seems to be a relatively fast grower though it has not bloomed for me yet. I have been told that planted in a raised bed with good drainage and mulch it should survive our winters. I am going to take it inside this winter since it is still young and plant it out next year.


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

Dublin, California
Hebron, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Kalama, Washington

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