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Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucantha (lew-KAN-thuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Santa Barbara

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annlof On Feb 20, 2011, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

This is an attractive, xeric shrub which is very popular in Southern California. These salvias grow best when pruned to within six inches of the ground after flowering. In So Cal, this operation is usually performed in December. My plants are watered deeply once every three weeks (without any supplemental rainfall) in the summer. Although more compact than the variety "Midnight," the flower bracts aren't quite as vibrant a shade of purple.

Positive Ginger2tn On Sep 13, 2010, Ginger2tn from Knoxville, TN wrote:

One of my favorite summer plants. Would love to find seeds to plant. However it is an annual in Knoxville, TN and will not come back; must be replanted. Is also a late bloomer usually mid September. Also great for dried arrangements.

Positive crystalspin On Sep 28, 2008, crystalspin from Santa Ana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a magnificent plant. And it was more-or-less a dwarf for the first few years, too. But once it was established in our 9b-10a zone, it is every bit as big as the standard 'species' it replaced. However, I do think it is more floriferous than the other. My pic is #3 and the plant is 5' tall, and about 7' diameter, dense, and covered with flowers. It was cut to about a 30" dome 6 months ago. So I'm calling this a positive review, BUT if you *need* a dwarf, this isn't it!


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Green Valley, Arizona
Sonoita, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Encinitas, California
National City, California
Oak View, California
Pacifica, California
Redwood City, California
San Clemente, California
San Diego, California
Santa Ana, California
Ventura, California
Chiefland, Florida
Douglas, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Antioch, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Oakhurst, Texas

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