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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)
Synonym:Audibertia pachystachya
Synonym:Ramona pachystachya
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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:

Medium Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

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

Sunnyslope, Washington

West Wenatchee, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2016, LabbLady from Sunnyslope, WA wrote:

Is it really a pest people? I love the looks of it but don't like it when they propagate like that so may rethink this one...I planted a lambs ear - still paying for it, thing is almost worse than an alyssum.


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.


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

The foliage on Salvia pachyphylla is very fragrant.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.