Salvia Species, Glutinous Sage, Jupiter Distaff Sage, Sticky Sage

Salvia glutinosa

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: glutinosa (gloo-tin-OH-suh) (Info)
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Oak Park, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Barbourville, Kentucky

Interlaken, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2019, emeronyoung from Mahwah, NJ wrote:


Beware of planting this plant as it has invasive tendencies. The Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LH PRISM) is currently trying to manage a 100+ acre site in New York State which escaped from a garden planting. This species creates vast monocultures in both sun and shade, dry and wet.


On Aug 14, 2013, bz48 from Interlaken, NY wrote:

I've been growing this plant under sugar maples for many years (zone 5). I haven't watered it ever even in dry years. It does self sow. Transplanting larger plants doesn't always work so well.


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

I planted some S glutinosa in dry clay in front of my garden hose. It started very dry there, and stopped fussing in less than a month. It now grows strong and seems to be flowering all summer.

I use that hose more often now, so I'm not certain that it's growing dry. It might be growing alternating wet and dry clay, which would be quite a trick.


On Aug 4, 2004, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Salvia has surprised me because of the size of it's flowers. The flowers are about 1 inch and that makes this Salvia showy. The leaves also kept looking fresh and nice through our summer 's drought and heat in my sheltered southfacing garden. I 'm recently disappointed about the very tiny yellow flowers of S. roborowski that I've pulled out. It is flowering for the first time for me after sowing. I've planted the seedlings out in spring 2003.
I like it that it's flowering somewhat later in the season (august). As far I can judge it: it's a keeper in my garden.

Salvia glutinosa is also called Sticky Sage. The calyx of the flower is very sticky..