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Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' (Mexican Bush Sage)

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


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 Salvia - Sages
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)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Salvia - Sages
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)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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