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Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage)

Mexican Bush Sage 'Santa Barbara', Mexican Sage 'Santa Barbara'

Salvia Leucantha Santa Barbara, Mexican Bush Sage 'Santa Barbara', Mexican Sage 'Santa Barbara', Fall flowering perennial, Purple Flowers
Salvia Leucantha Santa Barbara, Mexican Bush Sage 'Santa Barbara', Mexican Sage 'Santa Barbara', Fall flowering perennial, Purple Flowers
Salvia Leucantha Santa Barbara, Mexican Bush Sage 'Santa Barbara', Mexican Sage 'Santa Barbara', Fall flowering perennial, Purple Flowers

Noted for its compact and strong branching habit, Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ (Mexican Bush Sage) is a shrubby perennial boasting long-lasting wands of velvety purple flowers adorned with a hint of lavender-rose. Blooming from summer to fall, they rise in dense, arching spikes above the attractive foliage of lance-shaped, gray-green leaves, up to 4 in. long (10 cm). Perfect for small gardens, this dwarf Mexican Bush Sage makes a striking addition to borders, containers, rock gardens and Mediterranean gardens. Evergreen to 25°F (-4°C).

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). 
  • performs best in full sun (but tolerates light shade) in well-drained soils. Irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfectly suited for beds, borders or containers. Outstanding as cut flowers.
  • Loved by butterflies and hummingbirds but ignored by deer.
  • Requires minimal care once established. Cut old foliage to the ground in early spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Heat Zones 4 - 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Mexican Sage, Mexican Bush Sage, Sage
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Recommended Companion Plants

Sedum x rubrotinctum (Stonecrop)
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Heat Zones 4 - 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Mexican Sage, Mexican Bush Sage, Sage
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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