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I-35 Pollinator Highway Action Pack
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(I-35 Pollinator Highway Action Pack) Over the last 15 years, the Monarch butterfly population has plunged from 1 billion to just 50 million. And the route of Highway I-35 is a major migration corridor for these beautiful creatures. The Federal Government is supporting an effort to plant to support these creatures. We want to help too.

This package consists of Salvias, Agastache and Asclepias -- butterfly-friendly plants that will grow, bloom and be happy in most gardens. We will personally select three each of four different plants, taking into account your particular climate and location. These are some of the very best plants for Monarchs, offered as a discounted group. As much as possible we'll use plants native to your area.

We're all concerned about the declining habitats and food sources for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees - and by planting these in your garden you will be doing a great service to our animal friends that being stressed by the lack of flowers. Because of the large number of suitable varieties we grow, we'll plan to send along a balanced, long blooming mix. You can plant now and enjoy these beauties for years to come, and rest assured you are doing your part to help the Monarchs recover.


We offer this for the Fall planting season only, now through November 1st, with free shipping anywhere in a state bordering I-35. We suggest that you plant these between October 1st and November 15th, the easiest time to establish plants in the garden. You can choose your desired shipping date during checkout.

Please let us know in the "Customer Notes" section of the shopping cart if you have any color preferences or blooming season restrictions. We guarantee to pick out some of the very best drought tolerant varieties we grow for you. Please, this is for I-35 border states only.

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I-35 Pollinator Highway Action Pack
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6 - 11
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Full sun to partial shade
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Drought resistant
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

    (Kudos Coral Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of deep coral flowers are accented by mid-green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Coral is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    Agastaches are ideal companion plants for Salvias and beneficial choices for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- they thrive in low-fertility soils, but need excellent drainage.

    Kudos Coral is a fragrant, long-blooming Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries.


    Most Agastaches are native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. These are the most heat- and drought-tolerant members of the genus. In contrast, some species -- such as the Asian Agastache rugosa -- can handle more moisture and colder winters. This one does well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5.

    By crossing Southwestern species with varieties of Agastache rugosa, you gain the best of both types as in the Kudos Series. Kudos Agastaches are more compact, floriferous, long flowering and weather-resistant than most Agastaches. Their non-browning calyces create long-lasting color that endures even when blossoms are gone.

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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

    (Kudos Mandarin Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of creamy orange flowers are accented by deep green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Mandarin is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    Agastaches are ideal companion plants for Salvias and beneficial choices for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- they thrive in low-fertility soils, but need excellent drainage.

    Kudos Mandarin is a fragrant, long-blooming Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries.

    Most Agastaches are native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. These are the most heat- and drought-tolerant members of the genus. In contrast, some species -- such as the Asian Agastache rugosa -- can handle more moisture and colder winters.

    By crossing Southwestern species with varieties of Agastache rugosa, you gain the best of both types as in the Kudos Series. This one grows well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5. Kudos Agastaches are more tidy and upright, floriferous, long flowering and weather-resistant than most Agastaches. Their non-browning calyces create long-lasting color that endures even when blossoms are gone.

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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'

    (Kudos Yellow Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Flowers by the Sea is one of the first nurseries nationwide to grow Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'. This is one of the best deep yellow Agastaches we've found, due to its large, dense flower spikes and bushy, upright form.

    Kudos Yellow Hybrid Anise Hyssop is long blooming. It has lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and green calyxes that don't turn brown when the flowers die. As its common name implies, this sage has a licorice-like fragrance.

    Most Agastaches are Southwestern and Mexican types known for resisting heat and drought. Cross these species with the Asian Agastache rugosa -- as Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries has done in its Kudos series -- and you get vigorous, cold tolerant varieties that can handle more moisture. This one also has good resistance to downy mildew.

    Kudos Yellow is made for full sun. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- it thrives in low-fertility soils, but needs excellent drainage. It is an ideal companion plant for sages and a beneficial choice for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Deer just walk on by.

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  • Anisacanthus wrightii 'Pumpkin Orange'

    (Orange Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its clear, pumpkin-orange trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    Orange Texas Firecracker is a subshrub, which means that it combines soft, herbaceous perennial foliage with some woodiness. It has slender, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. Trim it back in late winter for better form and fuller spring growth.

    Although related to the Bears Breeches genus (Acanthus), Orange Texas Firecracker lacks the thorny sepals of those plants. Anisacanthus is Greek for "without thorns" and quadrifidus refers to the four petals of its flower. The phrase var. Wrightii means that this is a variation of the native Texas species named for American botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885). Beginning in 1837, Wright spent 15 years collecting extensively in Texas.

    This is a mid-height, heat-tolerant species that loves full sun. Orange Texas Firecracker resists drought, but thrives with average watering based on local conditions. For pyrotechnical color in the garden, mix it with the deep orange flowers of Texas Firecracker (Anisacanthus wrightii) and the crimson blossoms of Red Texas Firecracker ( Anisacanthus wrightii 'Select Red').

    Don't worry about deer; this plant isn't to their taste.

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  • Asclepias physocarpa

    (Swan Plant) Elegant white flowers with purple inner markings change into lime green-to-gold, balloon-shaped seedpods in this South African milkweed that Monarch butterflies love. The seedpods are 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

    Although most people refer to Swan Plant scientifically as Asclepias physocarpa, it was renamed in 2001 as Gomphocarpus physocarpus to indicate that it is an African milkweed.

    It's the graceful flowers on long, slender stalks that give Swan Plant its name. However, it's also commonly called Goose Plant and -- for obvious reasons -- Balloon Plant.

    Swan plant is a good back row choice for borders and flowerbeds, because it grows tall. It has long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves on which Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Queen (Danaus gilippus) and Soldier (Danaus eresimus) lay their eggs.

    Milkweeds are the only plants that Monarch caterpillars will eat. The roughness of fuzzy milkweed foliage makes it easier for eggs and chrysalises to cling to the plants. Monarch caterpillars consume powerful chemicals in the leaves protecting them as babies and adults against predators for whom the chemicals are toxic. Perhaps it is these chemicals that make deer avoid the plant.

    Unlike Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), this plant doesn't have a taproot. This means that it is easier to control the plant's spread.

    Swan Plant does well in a variety of average garden soils, requires full sun and -- similar to other forms of the species -- tolerates heat. Although it loves ample water, average watering based on local conditions is sufficient.

    While it is perennial to regions with warm winter climates, Swan Plant is a good annual for areas with cold winters. You can overwinter it in a pot indoors in a cool, sunny location. Cut back the foliage first.

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  • Asclepias speciosa

    (Showy Milkweed) Milkweeds (Asclepias spp. ) are must-have, nectar-rich plants in the butterfly garden. They're the only genus on which the endangered Monarch butterfly lays eggs. It is urgent that we offer this pretty, fragrant wildflower.

    In spring 2013, The New York Times reported a precipitous decline in the Monarch butterfly migration due to various causes, including North America’s plummeting supply of Milkweed. The species normally grows wild in agricultural fields. However, the increasing use of seed genetically modified to withstand herbicides has eliminated at least 120 million acres of Monarch habitat, according to The New York Times.

    Backyard gardeners can help reverse this trend by growing plants, such as Showy Milkweed, which keep the Monarch migration alive and feed other species of butterflies as well.

    Butterflies need flowers on which they can easily perch while sipping nectar. Plants with globe-shaped flower heads, such as those of Milkweeds, meet this need. The roughness of Showy Milkweed's long, fuzzy, gray-green leaves make it easy for eggs and chrysalises to connect. Powerful chemicals in the foliage are consumed by Monarch caterpillars and make them off limits -- as babies and adult butterflies -- to predators that can’t consume those substances.

    Showy Milkweed features globes of tiny, star-shaped flowers that are pale, creamy pink. It isn’t very big for such a powerful plant, growing only 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Although it can tolerate a bit of partial shade, this plant prefers full sun. It likes droughty conditions as well as gravelly ground. Any kind of soil will do as long as it drains well.

    This cold-tolerant species grows well in USDA Zones 4 to 9 where it looks pretty in perennial borders or massed with other Lepidoptera favorites in butterfly gardens. It is particularly well adapted to dry gardens. Milkweeds are native to a large swath of North America, so they are also good choices for native gardens.

    To control the plant’s tendency to naturalize in parts of the yard where you don’t want to grow it, simply snip off the seedpods before they ripen and pop open.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  What you will recieve is a very well established root system.  The foliege will not be cosmetically perfect, and it is only in the second year, once planted out in the ground, that this species will attain its full potential.  In the wild this species often exhibits summer dormancy. There is generally very little above ground activity in the year in which this is planted.

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  • Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

    (Mango Popsicle Hot Poker) This genus has become very popular in the last few years - for good reason. They feed hummingbirds & honeybees, and attract butterflies. And this superior variety from Oregon's TerraNova Nurseries is compact, free blooming and amazingly hardy.

    In 2011 and 2012 we grew dozens of the new Kniphofia varieties, and only a few stood out from the pack. This is absolutely our favorite. One of our nursery friends in Portland, Oregon said that it continued to bloom through January, even though the foliage was covered with a foot of snow.

    We don't grow many non-Salvias, and when we do it has to be special. This is one of those very, very good new plants. A must have plant.

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  • Kniphofia 'Papaya Popsicle'

    (Papaya Popsicle Hot Poker) Terra Nova Nursery's Popsicle Series of dwarf Hot Poker perennials are reminiscent of the kind of frozen treats designed to look like rocket ships and fireworks. The blossoms of Papaya Popsicle are a bright orange-red and gold.

    Tidy clumps of grassy, green foliage surround Papaya Popsicle's flower spikes. It is a full-sun perennial that appreciates regular watering but is drought resistant. We grow a number of Popsicle Kniphofias and can attest to their super-long bloom time, which keeps butterflies and hummingbirds busy in our gardens.

    Aside from being wildlife friendly, this easy-to-grow Hot Poker is cold tolerant and works well in Salvia gardens due to low demand for both water and fertilizer. Sometimes Kniphofias are referred to as Torch Lilies due to their shape as well as their fiery look, which helps light up the landscape -- especially when mixed with hot-colored Salvias.

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  • Kniphofia 'Redhot Popsicle'

    (Redhot Popsicle Hot Poker) This genus has become very popular in the last few years - for good reason. They feed hummingbirds and butterflies. And this superior variety from Oregon's TerraNova Nurseries is compact, free blooming and amazingly hardy.

    In 2011 and 2012 we grew dozens of the new Kniphofia varieties, and only a few stood out from the pack. We love this one for its intensel color that really stands out in a crowd. One of our nursery friends in Portland, Oregon said that it continued to bloom through January, even though the foliage was covered with a foot of snow.

    We don't grow many non-Salvias, and when we do it has to be special. This is one of those very, very good new plants. A must have.

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  • Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'

    (Dancing Dolls Sage) Sages can be such tough plants. Many, such as Salvia 'Dancing Dolls', withstand heat and drought yet have delicate looking blossoms. Dancing Dolls features cream and rose bicolor flowers.

    Dancing Dolls was developed by Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville, California. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants. This one has upright form.

    Dancing Dolls' leaves are deep green, and its stems and calyxes are dark. Suncrest Salvia foliage differs in color and leaf shape from one hybrid to another. However, all have larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage. Their leaves also are veined like those of Mountain Sage.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Dancing Dolls needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia 'Fancy Dancer'

    (Fancy Dancer Sage) Sages can be such tough plants withstanding heat and drought. Yet so many, including Salvia 'Fancy Dancer' have delicate looking blossoms. This one has bicolor flowers combining light and hot pink tones.

    Fancy Dancer is a dwarf, compact sage developed by Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville, California. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants.

    Fancy Dancer's leaves are mid-green. The foliage of Suncrest Salvias differs from one hybrid to another in color and leaf shape. However, all have larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage. They also are veined like those of Mountain Sage.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Fancy Dancer needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia 'Golden Girl'

    (Golden Girl Sage) Sages can be such tough plants. Many, such as Salvia 'Golden Girl', withstand heat and drought yet have delicate looking blossoms. Golden Girl features yellow flowers with a hint of rosy pink along with dark rose calyxes.

    Suncrest Nurseries of Watsonville, California, developed Golden Girl. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants. This one is compact and petite.

    Golden Girl's leaves are mid-green. Suncrest Salvia foliage differs in color and leaf shape from one hybrid to another. However, all have larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage. Their leaves also are veined like those of Mountain Sage.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Goden Girl needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia 'Orchid Glow'

    (Orchid Glow Sage) Sages can be such tough plants withstanding heat and drought. Yet so many, including Salvia 'Orchid Glow' have delicate looking blossoms. This one has large, bright magenta flowers with white beelines.

    Orchid Glow is a compact sage developed by Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville, California. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants.

    Orchid Glow's broad oval leaves are mid-green. The foliage of Suncrest Salvias differs from one hybrid to another in color and leaf shape. However, all have larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage. They also are veined like those of Mountain Sage.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Orchid Glow needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia arizonica

    (Arizona Blue Sage) We are so impressed with this top-performing, drought-resistant ground cover that we have rated it best of class. Arizona Blue Sage is adaptable to a variety of shady conditions and blossoms so abundantly that it seems to have as many rich blue flowers as it has leaves. It is native to dry, shaded areas in mountain canyons in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

    This softly mounded plant also works well as a patio container plant. Although it grows well for us in dense shade, it does particularly well in spots where it receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Providing regular watering based on local conditions is best, but this hardy perennial tolerates shortages. It also can withstand a wide temperature range, including extreme summer heat and the chill of Zone 6 winters when mulched. It does not do well in very warm and humid areas unless in a very well drained location with good air circulation.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Salvia arizonica 'Deep Blue'

    (Arizona Deep Blue Sage) In contrast to the lavender-blue flowers of Arizona Blue Sage (Salvia arizonica), the blossoms of Arizona Deep Blue are nearly purple. They are the kind of deep lavender that you might see in a southwestern sunset.

    The only noticeable way in which the two plants differ is in the color of their flowers, including the pale throats of Deep Blue's blossoms, which are more pronounced than those of the species. Heavily flowered, Deep Blue also has attractive mid-green foliage that forms soft mounds.

    Deep Blue thrives in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade due to its native roots in the mountain canyons of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It is petite and makes an excellent, drought-resistant groundcover in a broad range of USDA zones.

    As with its parent species, Deep Blue thrives with average watering based on local conditions yet works well in a dry garden. Another characteristic it shares is tolerance of winter cold as well as summer heat.

    A pleasant buzz awaits those who plant Deep Blue, because honeybees love this sage.

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  • Salvia azurea

    (Prairie Sage) Native to a large part of the central United States, this perennial Salvia is a beloved wildflower, delighting us with large cerulean blue flowers. Hummingbirds and butterflies love it as well.

    In full sun with good soil, this sage provides a spectacular floral display from late summer through fall.  We like to plant it among other perennials and shrubs, where it can poke its head out here and there.  It's a reliable addition to any garden designed to attract pollinators and the human eye.

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  • Salvia ballotaeflora

    In Spanish, Mejorana means "marjoram”. Similar to oregano-type Marjoram – another Mint family member -- this sage is used to flavor meat dishes. Our cultivar, which is native to Texas and Mexico, has lovely bluish-purple flowers that bloom summer to fall amid fragrant, fine, furry green foliage.

    Don’t give this tough sage fertilizer or too much water. It is adjusted to rocky, gravely limestone soils such as those of the Edward’s Plateau in South Central Texas. However, it can handle a medium loamy soil. In nature, it grows on brushlands, including hillsides and thickets.

    At 72 inches tall and wide, this heat-tolerant, drought-resistant plant makes a fine screen or border in a dry garden or a woodland setting with dry shade. It also does well in full sun. Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees love its nectar. Although deer have been known to nibble on Mejorana, it is not one of their favorite foods.

    One of Mejorana’s other common names is Shrubby Blue Sage, but there are also white- and purple-flowering varieties. Salvia ballotaeflora is also known botanically as S. ballotiflora . Rock Sage (S. pinguifolia) is a purple-flowering relative that is native from Arizona into Texas and is sometimes referred to as S. ballotaeflora or S. ballotiflora .

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  • Salvia brandegeei x munzii 'Pacific Blue'

    (Pacific Blue Sage) Whorls of deep lavender-blue flowers contrast brightly against the dark maroon stems of this likely hybrid of Salvia brandegeei and Salvia munzii.

    The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden discovered Pacific Blue as a surprise cross near one of its S. brandegeei, a native of Santa Rosa Island in Santa Barbara's Channel Islands as well as Baja, Mexico.

    Pacific Blue is a well-branched, vigorous shrub. It tolerates heat and handles drought due to the moisture-conserving, fuzzy white undersides of its fragrant, dark green leaves.

    Honeybees and hummingbirds love this long-blooming sage. Pacific Blue even grows in clay soil as long as there is good drainage, such as on a slope. Give it full sun and average watering based on local conditions.

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  • Salvia canariensis f. candidissimum

    (Wooly Canary Island Sage) The pale magenta, parrot-beak flowers of this sage, supported by deeper magenta bracts, heat up the landscape. But when you get close, it may be the velvety texture of the foliage that makes you sigh.

    This fragrant, heat-tolerant Canary Island Sage has dense white hairs covering the underside of its leaves. The hairs help the drought-resistant foliage to conserve moisture. However, Wooly Canary Island Sage appreciates average watering based on your local conditions.

    Although a shrub at the warmer end of its USDA cold hardiness range, Wooly Canary Island Sage is an herbaceous perennial in its cooler zones. Either way, it is long blooming.

    Due to its height and dramatic good looks, this sage can take center stage in a sunny Salvia garden or act as a tall screen. Honeybees love it.

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  • Salvia canescens var. daghestanica

    (Caucasus Sage) This hardy ground cover sage grows 4 to 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. The velvety white fur of its foliage aids moisture retention. Its soft, royal purple flowers make it stand out. We think this Salvia deserves to spread far and wide.

    A tough native of the Caucasus Mountains of central Asia, it survives the freezing temperatures of Zone 5, forming a tight mat that withstands light traffic. It blooms in early summer and again in fall. Plant this beauty in well-drained soil, but don't pamper it; Caucasus Sage grows well in harsh environments.

    This is one of the shortest Salvias we grow and makes a fine border edging or rock garden plant. We highly recommend its use as a ground cover, so we offer a discount for larger orders.

    Here is a great blog article about this plant.

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  • Salvia chamaedryoides var. isochroma

    (Silver Germander Sage) With its compact habit, brilliant silver-white leaves and large, sky blue flowers, this is an outstanding heat-tolerant choice for dry, sunny gardens. We consider this to be one of the finest short ground covers for these conditions.

    Grow Silver Germander Sage in full sun and well-drained, loamy soil where you can see it up close.  Expect explosive blooming in the summer and fall when the weather warms and settles.

    We highly recommend this rarely seen variety of the green-leafed Germander Sage.

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  • Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Springs Silver'

    (Silver Cleveland Sage or California Silver-Blue Sage) Unlike other Cleveland Sages, this drought-tolerant, violet-flowered evergreen blooms in summer. This compact, aromatic shrub has distinctive silver-grey foliage. It was discovered in Northern San Diego County.

    We have grown this heat-tolerant, full-sun sage successfully without watering during the summer, so it's ideal for a dry, native plant garden. The strongly scented flowers attract honeybees and hummingbirds in abundance. Butterflies also love it, but deer don't.

    Due to its silvery leaves, this cultivar stands out in a mixed planting of Cleveland Sages. Plant it in a border or cut-flower garden. It also forms an attractive screen.
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  • Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'

    (Cleveland Sage or California Blue Sage) This drought-tolerant, evergreen, California native is a compact, aromatic shrub with electric blue-purple flowers that bloom in summer. Discovered in a Berkeley, California, garden, Winnifred Gilman is a fine variety of the species.

    We have grown it successfully without watering during the summer. The strongly scented flowers attract honeybees and hummingbirds in abundance.

    As far as we know -- and there is a great deal of anecdotal information about this variety -- this is a true S. clevlelandii, unlike the popular Alan Chickering' or Whirly Blue varieties. Winnifred Gilman is denser in it's growth than either of these cultivars and has darker flowers. A mid-height Salvia, it is attractive as a screen or border shrub and also is a good addition to a cut-flower garden.
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  • Salvia farinacea 'Art's Blue'

    (Art's Blue Mealy Cup Sage) Salvia farinacea 'Art's Blue' is a dusky violet-blue beauty with strong white "eyes" that are beelines helping winged pollinators find their way to the plant's nectar and pollen.

    Please bear with us, because tales of plant parentage can get a bit complicated similar to a "house that Jack built" story. Our introduction is a descendant of a bicolor Mealy Cup Sage developed by horticulturist Art Petley of Austin, Texas.

    Art received his bicolor Mealy Cup Sage from Armand Hufault, former president of the Williamson County Chapter of the Texas Native Plant Society, who found it in the wild north of Austin near the Williamson County town of Jarrett. Hufault grew it from a cutting. Art has since discovered wild stands of the plant at various locations throughout the county.

    The plant made its way north to an Albuquerque, New Mexico, garden, where we were lucky enough to receive some seed. We raised many seedlings from which we selected this sturdy plant as well as a bicolor violet blue and white mate that we call Salvia farinacea 'Art's Bicolor'.

    Perhaps we should refer to these plants as "Art and Armand's Bicolor Mealy Cup Sages," but that seems like a bit of a mouthful. Plus Art Petley never asked us to name our introductions after him. Let it be.

    Petley is known for his work with daylilies and his discovery of Salvia 'Silke's Dream' -- an accidental cross of Salvia darcyi and Salvia microphylla -- in an Austin, Texas, garden.

    Hufault is an avid collector of Texas native plants and operates the wholesale native plant nursery Armand's Salvias and Perennials.

    Both Art's Bicolor and Art's Blue are relatively cold hardy when compared to other Mealy Cup Sages.

    The "mealy" part of Mealy Cup Sage refers to the floury look of the calyxes cupping the species' flowers. The calyxes are covered with white hairs. Also, the Latin word farinacea concerns flour.

    Native to Texas, New Mexico and northern Mexico, Mealy Cup Sage has become a mainstay of gardens worldwide. Tidy, easy to grow, long blooming and undemanding, this species belongs in almost any sunny garden.

    Due to its popularity, varieties of the species abound. These include many European cultivars, which aren't quite as heat and drought resistant as American types. Flowers by the Sea selects only the prettiest and toughest to cultivate.

    Butterflies and honeybees find Art's Blue irresistible, but deer aren't so fond of it. Ah well, you can't satisfy everyone.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction'

    (Burgundy Seduction Autumn Sage) A deeply saturated burgundy, the flowers of this Autumn Sage clone are large and profuse. They seem to bloom nonstop and glow in contrast to their dark calyxes. Plus, this Southwestern plant grows rapidly.

    This is a hybrid of the standby 'Raspberry Delight'. We love the hybrid's depth of color. It's an excellent choice to contrast with lighter colored, drought-resistant Autumn or Mountain Sages in shrubby borders, background plantings and patio containers. We highly recommend it as our best upright purple-tone Salvia greggii.

    Burgundy Seduction blooms from spring into fall and attracts butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Deer resist its charms.
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  • Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief'

    (Cherry Chief Autumn Sage) With hundreds of varieties of Autumn Sage on the market, there is much confusion as to which ones to plant.  This red-flowered cultivar, developed by Richard Dufresne of North Carolina, is a top choice.

    Cherry Chief has flowers of an almost translucent red, a color that is difficult to capture in photographs but eye catching in the garden.  It is one of the larger Salvia greggii types we grow, but can easily be kept smaller by pruning. Undemanding, it grows well in full sun or partial shade and with little water.

    Autumn Sage was discovered in Northern Mexico by pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg during the 19th century Mexican American War. Now it is one of the most popular Salvias grown in the world due to its many colors, tidy foliage, adaptability to heat and cold, drought resistance and long bloom times.

    Hummingbirds and humans alike enjoy Cherry Chief's flowers from spring into fall. We highly recommend it.
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  • Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink'

    (Cold Hardy Pink Autumn Sage) Medium creamy-hot pink flowers and contrasting, red bracts make this Autumn Sage stand out. This drought tolerant Autumn Sage from Northern Texas is also compact, rugged, heat tolerant and capable of handling Zone 5 chill. Yes - Zone 5!

    In short, being pink doesn't mean you aren't tough. This is a plant you can expect to survive rough weather. It is one of the most cold tolerant Autum Sage varieties we know of.

    The first person to bring Autumn Sage to the notice of the horticultural world was Josiah Gregg, after whom the species is named. A pioneer and plant explorer, Gregg discovered the species in Northern Mexico in the mid 19th century.
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  • Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer'

    (Dark Dancer Autumn Sage) The clear, light raspberry flowers of this largish Autumn Sage bloom from spring into summer. It makes a colorful, tall groundcover and looks lovely on slopes. This variety was discovered as a sport in the Aptos, California nursery of Nevin Smith.

    Dark Dancer blooms abundantly and is easy to grow. It thrives in full sun or partial shade and needs little water or soil amendment. As with so many Salvias, hummingbirds love this plant but deer avoid it.

    Autumn Sage was discovered in Northern Mexico by pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg during the 19th century Mexican American War. Now it is one of the most popular Salvias grown in the world due to color, adaptability and long bloom times. This one flowers from spring into fall.

    Larger Autumn Sages -- such as Dark Dancer, which grows up to 4 feet tall and wide -- are rare, and those worthy of garden space even more so. This one is an excellent choice.
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  • Salvia greggii 'Elk Pomegranate'

    (Elk Pomegranate Autumn Sage) We're proud to say that this is an FBTS cultivar. It is one of the finest dark flowered, compact Autumn Sage varieties we have seen. Its extraordinarily large, raspberry blossoms bloom from spring into fall.

    The large, luxuriant leaves are a bright Kelly green as are the stems and calyxes. Although it does well in full sun, it especially thrives in morning sun and afternoon shade. This heat-tolerant, drought-resistant sage is ideal in patio containers and along borders. It's also just the right size and look for a dry garden groundcover.

    We aren't the only ones that love it. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds frequently visit our Elk Pomegranate plantings. They highly recommend it and so do we.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Flame'

    (Flame Autumn Sage) Crimson flowers contrast brightly against deep purple calyxes and stems in Flame Autumn Sage. The leaves -- tiny ellipses without veins -- are soft and shiver in the breeze.

    This is a well-branched, upright, compact sage that is made for planting at front-of-border, along sunny paths, in patio containers and in areas needing groundcover. It is an excellent choice for native or dry landscapes as well as waterwise cottage gardens.

    Similar to most Salvia greggii, this long-blooming sage is a hit with butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

    Autumn Sages, which are native to Texas and the Southwest, are subshrubs combining both soft herbaceous foliage and woody stems. Flame Autumn Sage is cold tolerant as well as being a sun lover that can handle both heat and drought. Where summer heat is extreme, it appreciates a bit of afternoon shade.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

    (Furman's Red Autumn Sage) Selected by noted Texas plantsman W.A. Furman in the 1970s, this hardy Texas native is beautiful and tough withstanding heat, drought and freezing winters. Its flowers, which bloom spring through fall, are a rich, saturated red bordering on magenta.

    Averaging growth up to 3 feet tall, but never wider than 2 feet, it adds zing to borders in spaces between lower growing plants such as Salvia x jamensis. It harmonizes well with pastel types of S. x jamensis.

    Heat tolerant and drought resistant, Furman's Red is a good background planting or tall groundcover in a dry garden. It readily attracts honeybees and butterflies, but not deer. This is one of the best choices for extreme conditions, seeming to thrive on hot, dry days and cold nights. Plant it in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

    (Lipstick Autumn Sage) Similar to a little bit of lipstick on a pretty face, the rosy flowers of this hardy, heat-tolerant sage add a finishing touch to a perennial Salvia border. The creamy pinkish-red blossoms have a contrasting white throat and are cupped by rosy brown calexes on long spikes.

    We can say with certainty that this variety never stops blooming all season from spring into fall. At 3 feet tall and wide, it makes an impressive color spot in the garden when planted as an accent. In a container, it's a good highlight on a sunny patio. Use it as a background planting in dry gardens.

    Most Autumn Sage varieties, which are native to Texas, appreciate a bit of shade in the hottest areas. However, this one seems to love the heat and also tolerates the chill of Zone 6 winters.

    Use Lipstick's color where it can be appreciated: next to yellows, soft pastel pinks or apricot/sunset shades.  Place it where you can see it easily, because you will be rewarded with views of hummingbirds and butterflies. Honeybees also love to buzz the blossoms.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Lowrey's Peach'

    (Lowrey's Peach Autumn Sage) No other Salvia has a color like this: a warm, rosy orange with a pastel peach skirt and bright yellow throat. Wow! This is our best pastel orange Autumn Sage not only due to its blossoms but also it's compact branching habit and glossy foliage.

    Hardy to at least 10 degrees F, Lowrey's Peach is also heat tolerant and can be expected to bloom from spring into fall. It would look lovely in a mixed planter or perennial border with Autumn Sages featuring red, pink and yellow blossoms. Or mass it for a spectacular groundcover. It loves full sun, but tolerates a bit of shade.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple'

    (Navajo Autumn Sage) Even a hint of blue is unusual among Autumn Sage flowers. Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple' is a rarity due to its magenta-purple blossoms, which hint at natural hybridization including a mystery parent in the blue range, such as Salvia lycioides.

    Sages in the Salvia greggii group are native to the American Southwest and Mexico. They hybridize naturally with other Southwestern species, which explains the purples in their group.

    You can expect heat, cold and drought tolerance from Navajo Autumn Sage, as well as fragrant foliage. Visits from honeybees and hummingbirds are also characteristic. But similar to so many mint family (Lamiaceae) members, Autumn Sages contain chemicals that aren't tasty to deer.

    Western pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg introduced Autumn Sage to horticulture in 1846. He collected it in the Southwest while working as a scout and Spanish interpreter for the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War.

    Although first cultivated in 1885 and a long-time staple in Texas gardens, Salvia greggii didn't show up in plant nurseries until about 100 years later. Now Autumn Sage and its hybrids are among the most popular types of Salvia for home gardens.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Orange Yucca Do'

    (Big Orange Autumn Sage) Standout color is the big draw for this large growing Autumn Sage. Collected in the mountains of Northern Mexico, it grows well in a wide range of climates, including the hot dry Southwest and the cool moist Pacific Northwest. A difficult color to capture in a photo, it is well described as a warm orange with a scarlet overlay.

    The unusual color and large size of this cultivar make it a great accent plant, surrounded by deep blues or whites. Most people who see this one in person find it both attractive and unusual. And it is unusually long blooming as well!

    Highly recommended.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'

    (Pink Beach Autumn Sage) When it blooms from spring into fall, this heat- and chill-tolerant sage is covered with large, two-tone pink flowers that attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. This compact, drought-tolerant beauty also features small, shiny, bright green leaves.


    Pink Beach was selected and developed by Paul Bonine and Greg Shepherd of Xera Plants in Portland. This sun-loving sage tolerates partial shade and greatly appreciates settings with morning sun and afternoon shade. It is an excellent groundcover, border or container plant.

    The first person to bring Autumn Sage to the notice of the horticultural world was Josiah Gregg, after whom the species is named. A pioneer and plant explorer, Gregg discovered the species in Northern Mexico in the mid-19th century.

    Pink Beach is our best small-growing, pink Autumn Sage. Big thanks go to Paul and Greg of Xera as well as Josiah, because we appreciate plant explorers and developers.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'

    (Radio Red Autumn Sage) Dark calyxes support true red blossoms in Salvia greggii 'Radio Red', a 2015 introduction from the Darwin Perennials division of Ball Seed. Its tiny, smooth, elliptical leaves form a light, airy backdrop for the dramatic flowers.

    Well branched, short, compact and long blooming, Radio Red Autumn Sage is an excellent choice for containers or front of border. Although adaptable to many kinds of gardens, this cultivar prefers average watering based on local rainfall.

    Radio Red grows well in full sun, but can handle partial shade for part of the day. Deer avoid it, but honeybees and hummingbirds enjoy the nectar and pollen of this vigorous, cold-tolerant perennial.

    Western pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg introduced Autumn Sage to horticulture in 1846. He collected it in the Southwest while working as a scout and Spanish interpreter for the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War.

    Although first cultivated in 1885 and a long-time staple in Texas gardens, Salvia greggii didn't show up in plant nurseries until about 100 years later. Now it is one of the most popular species of Salvia for home gardens.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Salmon'

    (Salmon Autumn Sage) Creamy salmon-colored flowers with white throats make this elegant Autumn Sage perfect for a pastel garden or as a cooling color in a mixed sage border. Bloom time is spring into fall for this petite Salvia greggii native to the American Southwest and Mexico.

    Rosy beige calyxes cup the flowers on reddish spikes. Similar to other Autumn Sages, this plant's leaves are small, smooth, elongated ovals that brighten the garden with their light green color.

    Autumn Sages love full sun, but tolerate partial shade and may even prefer some shade in areas with severe summer heat. That said, they are heat tolerant. They are also drought resistant, despite preferring regular watering based on local conditions. Concerning soil type, they aren't picky but need good drainage. Also, altitude isn't a problem, because Salmon Autumn Sage grows at elevations up to 9,000 feet in the mountains of Mexico.

    Salmon Autumn Sage is perennial to USDA Zones 7 to 9. At 24 inches tall and wide, it works well as a groundcover, short border, edging and container plant. It is ideal for both native and dry gardens and also would look pretty in a cottage-style garden including other Autumn Sages, such as Cherry Chief, Texas Wedding and Señorita Leah.

    Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds all are attracted to the tasty nectar of this sage.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink'

    (Stormy Pink Autumn Sage) The dramatic name of this floriferous Autumn Sage is due to the calyxes cupping its smoky apricot-pink blossoms. Some gardeners report gray calyxes and others say dark plum. But for whatever reason, the Stormy Pink that we grow on our Northern California coastal farm has green calyxes with dark stripes.

    Different soils and local conditions can create mysterious differences in the same Salvia species.

    American expatriate and horticulturist Derry Watkins discovered Stormy Pink as a chance seedling at her Special Plants nursery in England. Similar to all Salvia greggii, it is a sturdy, long-blooming plant with a froth of fragrant green foliage made up of tiny, elliptical leaves.

    Autumn Sage is native to America and Mexico. Stormy Pink is one of its taller varieties unless it gets too much partial shade and becomes lax. It grows best in full sun, which helps to limit the branches tendency to laxness.

    This heat-tolerant perennial also needs well-drained soil but isn't picky about its composition. Although it thrives with average watering based on local rainfall, Stormy Pink is drought tolerant.

    This is an Autumn Sage to mass, because butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love it.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding'

    (Texas Wedding White Autumn Sage) This is our best white-flowered Autumn Sage. It is compact, hardy and blooms abundantly. We love it as a contrast to the generally bright colors of its group. Texas Wedding seems to always be blooming, with massive displays in spring and fall.

    The flowers are small but so profuse that they seem to outnumber the leaves.

    This variety of Salvia greggii makes a great, small-scale groundcover when each plant is spaced two feet apart. Although it tolerates some shade -- especially in hot climates -- it needs full sun. Good drainage is another necessity, but it doesn't require much watering.

    Texas Wedding is reliably hardy to 10 degrees F, but can tolerate colder temperatures with mulching. Here's some other good news: Deer don't much care for it.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'

    (Wild Thing Autumn Sage) Native to West Texas where it was collected in the wild, this cold-tolerant sage has perky, upright flowers that are coral pink with a darker throat. Overall, it is a vigorous, upright plant with dense, deep green foliage. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love it.

    Hardy to at least 0 degrees F, this Autumn Sage is heat tolerant, sun loving but adaptable to a bit of shade and long blooming from spring into fall. The small-leafed foliage, burgundy stems and tidy, compact habit of Wild Thing (you make my heart sing) recommend it even without its numerous flowers.

    This is a lively choice for patio containers and edging sunny walkways in dry-garden settings. Mix it with a variety of Autumn Sage pinks.
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  • Salvia greggii x lemmonii 'Raspberry Royale'

    (Raspberry Royale Sage) Honeybees and hummingbirds love this sage, which stands out for its compact habit and large raspberry-pink flowers. Richard Dufresne developed this hardy hybrid that does well in full sun, tolerates partial shade and blooms spring through fall.

    Plant Raspberry Royale with white and pink relatives from the Salvia greggii and Salvia microphylla group native to Mexico and the American Southwest. The choices are endless.

    Heat tolerant and drought resistant, this shrub works well in dry gardens as a border, short screen, groundcover or patio plant. The species is named for 19th century pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg.
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  • Salvia judaica

    (Judean Sage) Native to the mountains of Judea in Israel, this dark violet flowered, perennial sage is unique among the Palestinian Salvias - as a woodland native it grows well in partial shade. It is a tough, drought-resistant plant with deeply cut & hairy foliage which forms impressive mounds of color in the spring and early summer.

    Judean Sage thrives in poor yet well-drained soil and doesn't require much water.  We have found it to be durable, but it does not tolerate wet, cold winters.

    This plant is relatively new to North American horticulture, and will surely become more popular as it's charms become better known.

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  • Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Pink'

    (Wild Pink Lemmon's Sage) Botanists Sarah Allen Plummer Lemmon (1836-1923) and John Gill Lemmon (1832-1908) collected Salvia lemmonii in the sky islands of southeastern Arizona while honeymooning. A contemporary seed collector found this variety growing wild in New Mexico.

    The flower colors of Lemmon's Sage vary from pink to red; this one is a vivid watermelon pink. Lemmon's Sage is closely related to the more common Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla).

    To the best of our knowledge, Lemmon's Sage is endemic to the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona. However, this aromatic and highly drought tolerant shrub can also be found growing wild in to the rocky canyons of New Mexico and Northern Mexico. It flowers abundantly in waves from spring to fall.

    Some botanists say the proper name for this species is Salvia microphylla var. wislizenii, which is named after Friedrich Adolph Wislizenus, a botanist who persisted in studying Southwestern plants during the Mexican-American War of the mid-1840s despite being a prisoner of the Mexican government.

    We consider Lemmon's Sage to be a distinct species featuring exceptional toughness that helps it to survive and flourish in minimally irrigated areas. It tolerates cold, heat and drought.

    Honeybees and hummingbirds love Wild Pink Lemmon's Sage, which grows well in full sun to partial shade and is a good choice for shrubby borders or patio containers.

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  • Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Rose'

    (Wild Rose Lemmon's Sage) Botanists Sarah Allen Plummer Lemmon (1836-1923) and John Gill Lemmon (1832-1908) collected Salvia lemmonii in the sky islands of southeastern Arizona while honeymooning. A contemporary seed collector found this variety growing wild in New Mexico.

    The flower colors of Lemmon's Sage vary from pink to red; this one is a creamy crimson. Lemmon's Sage is closely related to the more common Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). To the best of our knowledge, the species is endemic to the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona.

    However, this aromatic and highly drought tolerant shrub can also be found growing wild in to the rocky canyons of New Mexico and Northern Mexico. It flowers abundantly in waves from spring to fall.

    Some botanists say the proper name for this species is Salvia microphylla var. wislizenii, which is named after Friedrich Adolph Wislizenus, a botanist who persisted in studying Southwestern plants during the Mexican-American War of the mid 1840s despite being a prisoner of the Mexican government.

    We consider Lemmon's Sage to be a distinct species featuring exceptional toughness that helps it to survive and flourish in minimally irrigated areas. It tolerates cold, heat and drought.

    Honeybees and hummingbirds love Wild Rose Lemmon's Sage, which grows well in full sun to partial shade and is a good choice for shrubby borders or patio containers.

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  • Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'

    (Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage) This compact Mexican Bush Sage was found in the Santa Barbara garden of Kathiann Brown. It is, without a doubt, the finest short Mexican Bush Sage -- hardy, tough and long blooming. Add drought resistance and dark, rich purple flowers to its list of merits.

    This heat-tolerant, full-sun sage makes a fine ground cover for areas large or small. it also looks lovely in perennial borders and containers. Expect plenty of honeybee, hummingbird and butterfly visits.

    We suggest cutting Santa Barbara Mexican Bush Sage to the ground in the spring, so the fast growing white furry shoots will start blooming by mid-summer. It will continue blooming until frost, unless you live in a mild climate such as along the Northern California coast where it blooms 12 months a year.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Salvia leucantha 'White Mischief'

    (White Mischief Mexican Bush Sage) Profuse white blossoms and true white velvety bracts make the flowers of this South African hybrid a lovely choice for a wedding. In our experience, many of the plants sold as White Mischief are not the real thing. This tough, compact, long blooming sage is.

    Although its flowers are white, we've noticed that hummingbirds love this Salvia leucantha, which blooms summer into fall. Butterflies are also partial to it, but luckily deer keep their distance.

    Plant this heat-loving herbaceous perennial in full sun and well-drained soil. It is elegant in shrubby borders, large containers and cut-flower gardens. 

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  • Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro'

    (Saint Isidro's Sage) This hardy, lavender-blue-flowered Salvia comes from Southern Texas and has the same breeding as the famous Ultra Violet Autumn Sage. Although it needs warmer winter temperatures and has smaller foliage, it also does well in stressful conditions, including drought.

    Saint Isidro's Sage is a dwarf plant with tall flower spikes. This hybrid of Autumn Sage Salvia greggii and Canyon Sage (Salvia lycioides) will keep your garden buzzing with honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies from spring until frost. Similar to many sages, it is deer resistant.

    This is a fine perennial border, groundcover, dry garden or container plant. Just give it full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil.

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  • Salvia lycioides x greggii 'Ultra Violet'

    (Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage) Hardy is a word bandied about by gardeners and nurserymen. Its use is often exaggerated. But this fine hybrid deserves to be called "the hardiest Autumn Sage." It's Zone-5 hardy, drought resistant and has lovely, soft purple flowers. Ultra Violet is a winner.

    Scott and Lauren Springer Ogden, landscape designers and writers, in 2002 discovered Ultra Violet -- an unexpected dwarf hybrid -- in their high plains garden in Fort Collins, Colorado. Salvia greggii are renowned for accidentally hybridizing.

    Ultra Violet is one of the best Salvias for tough conditions, such as the hot, dry summers and freezing winters of the American West's high-altitude, semi-arid lands.  In fact, it is one of the few Salvia greggii that thrive in these conditions.

    Blooming from spring into fall, Ultra Violet will keep your garden buzzing with honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies until frost. This deer-resistant sage makes a fine perennial border, groundcover, dry garden or container plant. Just give it full sun, good air circulation and well-drained soil.

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  • Salvia mellifera 'Jade Carpet'

    (Jade Carpet Black Sage) Black Sage Salvia mellifera is one of the most common and fragrant native shrubs in the California Coast Ranges and is ideal for dry gardens. At 24 inches tall by 6 feet wide, this variety is an excellent groundcover. It is slightly taller and has more grey in the leaf color than the closely related variety 'Terra Seca'.

    Admirably adaptable, Jade Carpet tolerates soils ranging from the most marginal to loamy with excellent drainage. It does well on slopes and loves full sun and heat.

    The long, elegant, grey-green leaves are attractively wrinkled and powerfully aromatic. Flower spikes covered with whorls of small white-to-lavender blossoms show off from spring into summer.

    As its common and scientific names imply, this sage is ideal for dry gardens where it provides vital food and cover for small wildlife. Black Sages are vital sources of nectar and pollen for honeybees and hummingbirds during bloom time. Later, songbirds enjoy their seeds.
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  • Salvia microphylla 'Belize Form'

    (Black Stem Mountain Sage) Intense cardinal red flowers, stiff black stems and large, ribbed, green leaves make this Salvia microphylla stand out. Its color and upright growth make it dramatic amid a group of soft, rounded Salvias.

    Mountain Sage usually ranges from 24 to 48 inches tall. This is one of the larger varieties. The species is native to the American Southwest, most parts of Mexico and sometimes is found further south in Guatemala and Belize.

    Mountain sages grow well in full sun and partial shade. This one does very well in partial shade and even blooms in full shade. Due to originating in the warmer climes of Belize, it is less cold hardy than many cultivars of the species.

    In USDA Zones 8 to 9, Black Stem blooms from spring to fall, but with little production in summer. Except for good drainage, it isn't picky about its soil. Depending on local conditions, it may fit into either a perennial or shrub border. Black Stem also looks pretty as a background planting or screen. Heat and drought tolerant, it does well in dry and native gardens. We highly recommend it, and so do hummingbirds.
     

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Berkeley Barb'

    (Berkeley Barb Mountain Sage) California's Monterey Bay Nursery discovered a surprising Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) seedling growing accidentally on its gravel floor one day.

    That's how the popular Berzerkeley series of Mountain Sages was born. This one is a paler shade of hot pink than Berzerkely and is named for a counterculture newspaper published in Berkeley, California, from 1965 to 1980. It blooms spring to fall.

    Mountain Sages are fragrant, heat tolerant and drought resistant. They are native to the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. In the U.S., they grow well in mild climates. Berkeley Barb's typical Mountain Sage foliage is deep green, veined and glossy. However, it is particularly dense.

    Give Berkeley Barb full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil and average watering based on local conditions. It is an ideal groundcover, border plant or container plant, especially for dry gardens. Hummingbirds revel in its nectar.

    Mountain Sages are the focus of research for their potential use in insecticides as well as medicines. Their plant chemicals contain antioxidant qualities and decrease gastrointestinal absorption of fats. We simply appreciate them for being easy to grow and pretty.
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  • Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child'

    (Flower Child Mountain Sage) At 18 to 24 inches tall, this is the smallest Salvia microphylla that we grow. Its common name is based on the plant's lavender-to-pink flowers, which are so abundant that they sometimes seem to outnumber the leaves.

    Mountain Sages are native to the American Southwest and Mexico and usually grow much larger than Flower Child. Many reach up to 4 feet tall.

    This cultivar is part of the Turbulent Sixties Series from California's Monterey Bay Nursery where it was found as a single-branch sport on the famous 'Bezerkeley' clone. The brightness of the flowers is offset by dark bluish-black bracts. Bloom time is from spring to fall in USDA Zones 7 to 9, with production infrequent in summer.

    Although it is drought resistant and does well in dry gardens, Flower Child prefers regular watering. It adapts to most soils as long as drainage is good. Grow it in full sun to partial shade as a container plant or part of a perennial border. Due to its height and tendency to grow suckers at its base, Flower Child forms dense clumps and makes an exceptional groundcover with heavily veined, aromatic leaves.

    Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds all love the nectar of this long-blooming sage.
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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blast'

    (Blast Pink Mountain Sage) Long blooming Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blast' produces prolific quantities of large, dusky salmon-pink blossoms and dense, mid-green foliage.

    This tough plant is a cross of Southwestern Mountain Sage and the Texas native Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii).

    Flowers by the Sea grows ten Heatwave varieties, which the Melbourne-based Plant Growers Australia team of Howard Bentley and Steve Eggleton hybridized for hot, dry conditions throughout their nation. Similar to their parent species, Heatwave Salvias are adaptable to cooler coastal regions. They grow particularly well in a Mediterranean dry summer/wet winter climates, such as in Melbourne and California.

    All Heatwave sages are compact and have the dense foliage of Mountain Sage rather than the airy look of Autumn Sage. Don't confuse this one with its red-flowered sister Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'.

    Blast Pink Mountain Sage needs only occasional deep watering once established, but also thrives with average watering based on local rainfall. It requires full sun, yet appreciates a bit of shade in areas with extreme heat. As to soil, it isn't finicky except for good drainage. 

    Heatwave Salvias are ideal for borders, pathways and container planting -- settings which allow you to enjoy the pleasant fragrance of their foliage up close. 

    If you are designing a wildlife garden, Blast Pink Mountain Sage is a fine choice, because it attracts bees and hummingbirds yet discourages deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'

    (Heatwave Red Mountain Sage) Compact and small, this Mountain Sage is another fine groundcover for Southern California, the Southwest and Texas. Similar to Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer', it not only survives but thrives in extreme heat.

    Brilliant fuchsia red flowers contrast prettily with the sage's well-branched, dense green foliage. The leaves are heavily veined and aromatic.

    At 2 feet tall and wide, this sage is also just the right for a container or edging a pathway. It looks lovely in a short shrub border and is ideal for dry native gardens. The Mountain Sage species is native to the semi-arid lands of the American Southwest and Mexico.

    Although heat tolerant and drought resistant, this sage appreciates regular watering and can handle partial shade. It is adaptable and grows well in many kinds of soil as long as it gets good drainage. Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to it at bloom time, which is spring to fall with lightest production in summer. Deer, however, leave it alone.

    For the record, the Heatwave Series of Mountain Sage also grows well in cooler regions and coastal climates as well.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Brilliance'

    (Brilliance Pink Mountain Sage) Long blooming Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Brilliance' produces prolific quantities of deep reddish-pink, or cerise, blossoms along with dense, mid-green foliage.

    This tough plant is a cross of Southwestern Mountain Sage and the Texas native Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii).

    Flowers by the Sea grows ten Heatwave varieties, which the Melbourne-based Plant Growers Australia team of Howard Bentley and Steve Eggleton hybridized for hot, dry conditions throughout their nation.

    Similar to their parent species, Heatwave Salvias are adaptable to cooler coastal regions. They grow particularly well in a Mediterranean dry summer/wet winter climates, such as in Melbourne and California. All Heatwave sages are compact and have the dense foliage of Mountain Sage rather than the airy look of Autumn Sage.

    Brilliance Pink Mountain Sage needs only occasional deep watering once established, but also thrives with average watering based on local rainfall. It requires full sun, yet appreciates a bit of shade in areas with extreme heat. As to soil, it isn't finicky except for good drainage. 

    Heatwave Salvias are ideal for borders, pathways and container planting -- settings which allow you to enjoy the pleasant fragrance of their foliage up close. 

    If you are designing a wildlife garden, Brilliance Pink Mountain Sage is a fine choice, because it attracts bees and hummingbirds yet discourages deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

    (Glimmering White Mountain Sage) Heatwave Glimmer isn't a mirage. It is a Salvia microphylla that tolerates extremely hot climates as well as cooler coastal regions. It doesn't just survive; it thrives in the heat of Southern California, the Southwest and Texas.

    Pale cream flowers with the slightest blush of pink contrast dramatically with dark calyxes and stems. The sage's well-branched frame is dense with large, green leaves that are heavily veined and aromatic.

    At 2 feet tall and wide, this sage is just the right size for groundcover. It also looks lovely edging a path, as part of a shrub border or in a container. It is ideal for dry gardens, because Mountain Sage is a species native to the American Southwest and Mexico.

    Although heat tolerant and drought resistant, this sage appreciates regular watering and can handle partial shade. It is adaptable and grows well in many kinds of soil as long as it gets good drainage. Butterflies and honeybees are drawn to it at bloom time, which is spring to fall with lightest production in summer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Radiance'

    (Radiance Bright Pink Mountain Sage) Long blooming Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Radiance' produces prolific quantities of hot pink blossoms along with dense, mid-green foliage.

    This tough plant is a cross of Southwestern Mountain Sage and the Texas native Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii).

    Flowers by the Sea grows ten Heatwave varieties, which the Melbourne-based Plant Growers Australia team of Howard Bentley and Steve Eggleton hybridized for hot, dry conditions throughout their nation.

    Similar to their parent species, Heatwave Salvias are adaptable to cooler coastal regions. They grow particularly well in a Mediterranean dry summer/wet winter climates, such as in Melbourne and California. All Heatwave sages are compact and have the dense foliage of Mountain Sage rather than the airy look of Autumn Sage.

    Radiance Bright Pink Mountain Sage needs only occasional deep watering once established, but also thrives with average watering based on local rainfall. It requires full sun, yet appreciates a bit of shade in areas with extreme heat. As to soil, it isn't finicky except for good drainage. 

    Heatwave Salvias are ideal for borders, pathways and container planting -- settings which allow you to enjoy the pleasant fragrance of their foliage up close. 

    If you are designing a wildlife garden, Radiance Bright Pink Mountain Sage is a fine choice, because it attracts bees and hummingbirds yet discourages deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Scorcher'

    (Scorching Pink Mountain Sage) Compact and small, this Mountain Sage is another fine groundcover for Southern California, the Southwest and Texas. Similar to Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer', it not only survives but thrives in extreme heat.

    Hot pink flowers contrast prettily with the sage's well-branched, dense green foliage. The leaves are heavily veined and aromatic.

    At 2 feet tall and wide, this sage is also just the right for a container or edging a pathway. It looks lovely in a short shrub border and is ideal for dry native gardens. The Mountain Sage species is native to the semi-arid lands of the American Southwest and Mexico.

    Although heat tolerant and drought resistant, this sage appreciates regular watering and can handle partial shade. It is adaptable and grows well in many kinds of soil as long as it gets good drainage. Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to it at bloom time, which is spring to fall with lightest production in summer. Deer, however, leave it alone.

    For the record, Scorching Pink Mountain Sage also grows well in cooler regions and coastal climates.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Honey Rose'

    (Honey Rose Mountain Sage) So dark that they almost seem black, the stems of this Mountain Sage add drama to flowers the color of creamy tomato soup. The lush, mid-green foliage has distinctive ribbing and is stiffly upright; it makes a strong statement when grouped with soft, rounded Salvias.

    Honey Rose has long been grown in Southern California due to its heat and drought resistance. Mountain Sages are habituated to dry conditions in their native lands of the Southwest and Mexico.

    Honey Rose isn’t picky about the fertility or loaminess of its soil, but needs good drainage. Grow it in full sun to partial shade. It does well in a dry garden but is equally comfortable with regular watering.

    At 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, this bushy sage is a good addition to the landscape as a border, edging for a pathway, a screen or background planting. Honey Rose also does well in containers. Honeybees and hummingbirds enjoy it. However, as with most sages, deer just say no.
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  • Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

    (Hot Lips Sage) What a winner for fascinating flowers! Hot Lips Sage has solid red, solid white and two-tone combinations all on the same plant and often at the same time. The variations are random. You might say that this shrubby sage is mixed-up, but its confused coloring makes it highly desirable.

    The flowers, which primarily bloom in spring and fall, flower more during cool weather and when regularly watered and fertilized. We have never determined any reason for its color variations or any conditions that standardize their pattern.

    This Mountain Sage has a tightly branched form. Often, it is covered with so many flowers that they seem to outnumber the small, green leaves.

    Depending on local climate, Hot Lips works well in either a perennial or shrub border. It's a fine addition to a dry garden. We love and highly recommend this mountain treasure from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Killer Cranberry'

    (Killer Cranberry Mountain Sage) Masses of magenta flowers on tall spikes lure honeybees and hummingbirds to the rich nectar of Salvia microphylla 'Killer Cranberry'. Its prolific flowers are a killer attraction for people too.

    This is a long-blooming, drought-resistant plant with dense, fragrant foliage. Its small, glossy green leaves are veined and have finely serrated edges. Killer Cranberry is a lush choice for dry gardens, but likes average watering based on local conditions.

    Mountain Sages are fragrant, heat tolerant and drought resistant. Sometimes they're confused with their close relative Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Although they look similar from a distance, up close you can see that S. greggii has tiny, completely smooth leaves.

    Whereas Salvia greggii is native to Texas and northern Mexico, Salvia microphylla is native to the American Southwest and a number of Mexican states. In the U.S., it grows best in areas with mild winter temperatures.

    California's Monterey Bay Nursery (MBN), which introduced Killer Cranberry, has a killer style when it comes to creating popular names for Salvias. It's the birthplace of the popular Berkeley series of Mountain Sages, all of which MBN developed from the 'Berzerkely' clone. These include the Berkeley Barb, Flower Child, People's Park and Telegraph Avenue cultivars.

    At FBTS, we pride ourselves on obtaining the best new Salvias on the market and that includes Killer Cranberry, which is a compact subshrub -- meaning that it's a shrub in warmer climates and an herbaceous perennial that dies to ground in chilly winter areas.

    Give it full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Salvia microphylla 'Killer Cranberry' is an ideal groundcover, because it spreads easily without being invasive. You can also use it as a border or container plant.

    Mountain Sages are the focus of research for their potential use in insecticides as well as medicines. Their plant chemicals contain antioxidant qualities and decrease gastrointestinal absorption of fats. We particularly appreciate them for being easy-to-grow, pretty plants that appeal to tiny wildlife but not to deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'

    (Trinity Mountain Sage) Heat and drought tolerant, this Salvia microphylla is native to Northeastern Mexico where summers are dry and temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees. It can survive winter temperatures down to 0 degrees F.

    Yucca-Do Nursery of Texas found this superior Mountain Sage amid the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains of Nuevo Leon where summers are hot and dry and winters are much cooler as well as damp.

    At 24 inches tall and 48 inches wide when mature, Trinity Mountain Sage is an ideal groundcover for hot summers across the Southwest and Texas. It features fine green foliage and bright pink flowers that turn a bit violet in cooler weather. The blossoms are large and numerous. In USDA Zones 7 to 9, they bloom almost nonstop from spring to fall when temperatures drop into the mid-20 degree range.

    Despite being well suited for a dry garden, Trinity Mountain Sage also does well with regular watering. Give it full sun to partial shade. It's adaptable to many kinds of soil, but needs good drainage. Add this pretty sage to short, mixed borders or use it to edge pathways.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

    (Azure Hybrid Sage) Despite its name, the flowers of this tiny hybrid aren't really blue. They are a light purple. Due to its size, long bloom time, heat tolerance and drought resistance, Salvia x 'Mesa Azure' is a fine groundcover for areas where summers are hot and dry.

    This sage may be related to Salvia microphylla and S. greggii, which are native to the American Southwest as well as Mexico. Its parentage is a mystery. However it displays many traits from those plants, including being an excellent choice for dry or native gardens.

    Garden uses include short borders, flower beds, edging for pathways and containers. Azure Mountain blooms in waves from spring to fall in USDA Zones 7 to 9. Hummingbirds enjoy its nectar.

    Aside from unusually large flowers, Azure Hybrid Sage is dense with large, wrinkled, heavily veined leaves. The foliage is so handsome that the plant is attractive even when out of bloom.

    For the record, this sage also grows well in cooler climates, such as coastal areas. Limit watering, because it likes soil on the dry side. Provide a location with full sun to partial shade.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Orange Door'

    (Big Orange Mountain Sage) When temperatures are cooler in spring and fall, the persimmon-orange flowers of this large Mountain Sage darken. Gray-green foliage, deep red calyxes and reddish-green stems add to the plant's fascinating look, which mixes well with yellows and blues.

    This Salvia microphylla comes from the mountains of Northern Mexico. We call it "Big Orange," because it matures to 4 feet tall and wide. Its flowers are also large and bloom spring to fall in USDA Zones 7 to 9.

    Similar to many Salvias, Big Orange is adaptable to differing conditions, including either full sun or partial shade. It grows well in a wide range of climates, including the hot, dry Southwest and the cool, moist Pacific Northwest. Although this heat- and drought-tolerant sage fits well in a dry, native garden, it also appreciates regular watering and an average garden soil, such as sandy loam.

    Plant it as a tall groundcover that can help control weeds. Or mass it for a shrubby border. It also looks pretty in a container where its height will be shorter.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'People's Park'

    Sometimes nature can be rebellious. This is one the Mountain Sages known as the Turbulent Sixties Series developed from an outlaw cultivar of the Southwestern native Salvia microphylla. Monterey Bay Nursery (MBN) named their accidental hybrid ‘Berzerkeley.’

    Salvia microphylla is a free spirit of a plant that crosses readily with other Salvias, particularly Salvia greggii. MBN developed five more hybrids from the hardy, red Berzerkely, including People’s Park Mountain Sage, which is a short, hot pink cultivar with greenish-red bracts. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love it.

    Mountain Sage is a sub-shrub combining herbaceous and shrubby growth. Its green foliage is crinkly, heavily veined with serrated edges. It is native to Arizona and Northern Mexico.

    The fragrant, drought-resistant People's Park variety is just the right size for groundcover as well as patio containers and path edging.

    A combination of full sun and partial shade is best for any Mountain Sage, especially during the heat of summer. Give People's Park regular watering, but don’t fuss too much about soil quality. It's adaptable to a broad range of growing conditions, including drought.

    People's Park Mountain Sage gains its name from a spring 1969 insurrection near the University of California, Berkeley. Wanting a greater say in their local environment, which was short on park space, students and community members began planting grass and flowers on a muddy lot owned by the University. They didn’t ask permission, and forgiveness was in short supply at the time. But eventually, the University acceded to community wishes and a fine park was born out of rebellion.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet'

    (Red Velvet Mountain Sage) This is one of the most intense red-flowering variety of Mountain Sage we grow. Medium-sized flowers are profuse on this large, vigorous plant -- particularly in spring and fall. Dark stems and calyxes intensify the plant's drama along with glossy green foliage.

    In a mixed group of Mountain Sage and the closely related species Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), Red Velvet is always the first plant you notice.

    Red Velvet can handle full sun, but particularly flourishes in partial shade. It even blooms in full shade. It needs well-drained soil and regular watering based on local conditions. At 48 inches tall and wide, it is ideal for a shorter screen or background planting, especially in a native garden. In the cooler part of its range, it works well in perennial borders. In warmer zones, group it with shrubby Salvias.

    We highly recommend this fast growing, lovely plant. Thank you to Luen Miller of Monterey Bay Nursery for developing this exceptional Salvia microphylla.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O' Grady'

    (Rosie O'Grady Mountain Sage) Honeybees and hummingbirds love the large, bright pink flowers of Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O'Grady', a drought-resistant sage. Dense and fragrant, it's large, glossy green leaves are veined and have finely serrated edges. This is a lush choice for dry gardens.

    Mountain Sage sometimes is confused with its close relative Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii). They look similar, but one apparent difference is that S. greggii has tiny, completely smooth leaves. Both species are long flowering, heat tolerant and drought resistant.

    Salvia microphylla is native to the American Southwest and a number of Mexican states. In the U.S., it grows best in areas with mild winter temperatures.

    Suncrest Nurseries of Watsonville, California, developed this prolific bloomer -- a lush and large variety of Mountain Sage. It's a subshrub, which means it's a shrub in warmer climates and an herbaceous perennial that dies to ground during chilly winters.

    Suncrest prides itself on serendipitous discoveries in their test gardens. At FBTS, we pride ourselves on obtaining the best new Salvias on the market.

    Give Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O'Grady' full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil. Although it handles dry conditions, it likes average watering based on local conditions. This sage is an ideal groundcover, because it spreads easily without being invasive. Rosie O'Grady also works well as a border or container plants.

    Mountain Sages are the focus of research for their potential use in insecticides as well as medicines. Their plant chemicals contain antioxidant qualities and decrease gastrointestinal absorption of fats. We particularly appreciate them for being easy to grow, pretty plants that appeal to tiny wildlife but not to deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Royal Bumble'

    (Royal Bumble Mountain Sage) Almost black, the stems and calyxes of this UK hybrid form a pleasing contrast with its scarlet flowers and aromatic, glossy green leaves. Bloom time is spring to fall. This Mountain Sage suckers freely and forms a dense clump.

    The flowers are velvety and long blooming. This fast-growing hybrid survives drought, but appreciates regular watering. It does particularly well in partial shade. Except for needing good drainage, it isn't fussy about soil type.


    Royal Bumble looks pretty in borders and does well in dry gardens. It is a colorful choice for native gardens. Grow it as a screen or background plant and in native plant gardens.

    We love and highly recommend this sage. So do butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.
     

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  • Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

    (St. Charles Day Mountain Sage) Especially in spring and fall, masses of red-violet flowers bloom amid the silvery green foliage of Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'. Put this one into the "must have" column.

    The densely branched foliage features oval leaves that are fragrant, textured and slightly ruffled. This Mountain Sage is an herbaceous perennial in cooler areas and a shrub in warmer zones.

    Native to the eastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, it was collected near the village of San Carlos in 1992 by plant explorers from Yucca Do, a nursery in Southeastern Texas. Five years later, Yucca Do introduced the plant to commercial horticulture. It has been one of our favorites ever since.

    Mountain Sages are drought resistant, but respond well to regular watering. This mid-height variety grows up to 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide in a location offering full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to many soil types, but needs good drainage. Although well adapted to dry gardens, it appreciates regular watering.

    Even though this hummingbird favorite has been popular for years, it can be difficult to find in commercial production. We highly recommend it for borders, short screens and background planting.
     

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Telegraph Avenue'

    (Telegraph Avenue Dwarf Mountain Sage) Here’s another member of the Turbulent Sixties Series of Southwestern Mountain Sages (Salvia microphylla), which developed from one of nature’s rebels – an accidental hybrid that Monterey Bay Nursery (MBN) named ‘Berzerkeley’ after finding it taking a stand in the nursery’s gravel paving.

    Salvia microphylla is a free spirit of a plant that crosses readily with other Salvias, particularly Salvia greggii. MBN developed five more hybrids from the hardy, red Berzerkely, including Telegraph Avenue Mountain Sage, which is a short but widespreading cultivar with intense magenta flowers.

    Telegraph Avenue Mountain Sage gains its name from one of the main streets near the University of California, Berkeley – a street that was the site of many Vietnam Era anti-war protests.

    Mountain Sage is a sub-shrub combining herbaceous and shrubby growth. Its green foliage is crinkly, heavily veined with serrated edges. It is native to Arizona and Northern Mexico where it pays to be a heat-loving plant. Topping out at 24 inches tall by 60 inches wide, the fragrant, drought-resistant Telegraph Avenue variety is just the right size for groundcover as well as patio containers and path edging.

    A combination of full sun and partial shade is best for any Mountain Sage, especially during the heat of summer. All Mountain Sages can tolerate dry conditions but prefer regular watering. Don’t fuss too much about soil quality, because this plant is adaptable to a broad range of growing conditions.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Variegata'

    (Variegated Mirto de Montes Sage) Over the years, we have seen a number of variegated varieties of Mountain Sage. None have been as lovely and sturdy as this one, from botanist Brent Barnes of the University of California at Riverside.

    It blooms heavily and for a long time, producing crimson flowers that form a lively contrast with the small green and cream leaves from spring into fall. The variegations and coloring of the handsome foliage are stable from one growing season to the next.

    This tightly branched sage is so floriferous that its flowers seem to outnumber the small leaves. Mountain Sages, including hybrid varieties, can grow from 18 to 48 inches tall and wide. None are picky about soil type, but all need good drainage. Most are equally adaptable about growing in locations ranging from full sun to partial shade

    Similar to other Mountain Sages, which are native to the American Southwest and Mexico, this variety appreciates regular watering yet does well in dry gardens. Salvia microphylla 'Variegata' is colorful in borders, containers and along walkways. We highly recommend this unique plant as do hummingbirds.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon'

    (Wild Watermelon Mountain Sage) Large, watermelon-pink flowers and the fruity fragrance of this long-blooming sage's mid-green, veined leaves make this sage a treat to grow.

    As a Mountain Sage, this pretty subshrub has a combination of soft herbaceous foliage and woody growth.

    Native to the Southwest and Mexico, Mountain Sages are heat and drought tolerant. However, they appreciate average watering based on local conditions. This is an ideal plant for creating small wildlife habitat, because it feeds hummingbirds, honeybees and butterflies.

    Give this sage full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Use it as a border or pathway edging. It is ideal for dry gardens and native gardens.

    Wild Watermelon was named by North Carolina plantsman Richard Dufresne, when he selected it during a visit to San Francisco's Strybing Arboretum. Dufresne's seedling came from a group collected by plant explorer Don Mahoney at Cerro Potosi, Mexico. Mahoney found the plants at an altitude somewhere between 7,000 to 8,500 feet above sea level.

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  • Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

    (Big Leaf Mountain Sage) Nothing is little about this plant even though "microphylla" means "little leaf." The rough, wrinkly leaves are often 3 inches long and almost 2 inches wide. The pinkish-orange flowers are also large and bloom spring to fall.

    Harvard University botanist and professor Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950) was the first person to publish a description of the plant, which he named Salvia neurepia. It was later reclassified as a Mountain Sage. Fernald authored a number of scholarly works, including a monograph on Mexican and Central American Salvia.

    At 48 inches tall with a spread of 48 inches or more, this pretty sage makes a long-blooming hedge or tall groundcover. It is also a good choice for a shrubby border. Give it full sun to partial shade and regular watering. Although it isn't particular about soil type, good drainage is necessary. Hummingbirds love it, but deer do not.

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  • Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame'

    (Giant Purple Desert Sage) It’s best to plant this flamboyant native of the Southwest in spring or summer. However, once established, it tolerates winters from USDA Zones 5 to 9. Purple tubular flowers and burgundy bracts flare up its 10-inch flower spikes like flames on this softly rounded shrub.

    Fragrant, drought resistant and heat tolerant, this is a sage that isn’t particular about soils as long as they drain well. Give this shrub lots of sunshine and little water for best performance.  We have learned by experience that this species grows best where there are definite seasons, and where the winters are not particularly wet.  They thrive in Denver, and languish in Los Angeles.

    Blue Flame’s improbably lush flowers are offset by mid-green foliage. It does well in dry, gravelly gardens as a groundcover, border or pathway edging and is just right for a native garden focusing on the Southwest or a wide variety of American native species.

    Expect Blue Flame to grow up to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide and to flower from summer to fall. Expect to fall in love with it; certainly butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds do. Luckily, deer avoid it.

    Thanks for the beautiful photo go to high-altitude plant expert Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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  • Salvia pinguifolia

    (Rock Sage) The lavender-to- purple flowered Salvia pinguifolia is an extremely drought-tolerant sage that thrives in full sun to partial shade. Rare in the horticultural trade, this Southwestern plant now is available through FBTS.

    Its common name, Rock Sage, is due to its home in the rocky limestone walls of canyons in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas.

    Botanist Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950) gave the plant its scientific name in 1913.Pinguis means "fat" and in Latin and folia refers to its foliage. Consequently, this medium-height plant sometimes is called Greaseleaf Sage due to the almost oily feel of its viscous, aromatic leaves, which are deep green and round with scalloped edges.

    In its warmest USDA plant hardiness zones, Salvia pinguifolia is a shrub that may remain leafy throughout winter. However, in colder parts of its range, it's a subshrub, which means it combines soft herbaceous and woody growth and loses its foliage in winter.

    Rock Sage is challenging to grow outside of its semi-arid home environment. Success depends on planting it in soil amended with fine gravel to provide excellent drainage. Also, you need to be vigilant about avoiding overwatering, because this is one of our blue-tag xeric plants.

    Honeybees and butterflies love this plant, but deer resist its charms.
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  • Salvia pitcheri grandiflora

    (Big Pitcher Sage) As its scientific name indicates, this sage has very large flowers. They are almost two-tone, changing from deep violet to a light blue or white at their base where they are cupped by dusky purple calyxes.

    The tall, sprawling stems of this sage are just right in mixed plantings. That is how they grow in the wild from Texas to Nebraska on the Great Prairie.

    This heat- and cold-tolerant sage is a superb choice for the native or wild garden. It's also at home in the back or middle of more refined borders. Anywhere you put it, expect bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to buzz in for its pleasures.

    Although drought tolerant, this perennial sage appreciates regular watering. It is adaptable from USDA Zone 4 to 9 where it blooms from late summer into fall. Give it full sun, but this plant will tolerate some partial shade. It handles almost any kind of soil that drains well.

    Finally, you need to know that this is another sage with naming challenges: Is it a variety of Salvia azurea as some say? We think it is significantly different, and is a species on its own. In any case, we love its bright blue blooms, especially when poking up amid shrubby sages such as Salvia regla.

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  • Salvia Raspberry Delight®

    (Raspberry Delight Sage) Dark raspberry-red flowers, burgundy stems and calyxes and deep green foliage make this one of our most attention-grabbing varieties.

    We also appreciate Raspberry Delight for its superior cold hardiness, heat tolerance, drought resistance, tightly branched form and pleasant fragrance. Hummingbirds love its long-blooming flowers.

    Raspberry Delight is spectacular when massed in a large group, so it is a dramatic as well as effective groundcover. Salvias with deep purple flowers harmonize well with this perennial sage that looks equally pretty in patio containers.

    Autumn Sages are native to the American Southwest and Mexico. They do well in full sun, but can handle some partial shade. They appreciate average watering based on local conditions, but can get by on much less. This makes them good choices for dry gardens.

    Raspberry Delight® is a registered trademark of Plants for the Western Garden, Inc.

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  • Salvia regla 'Huntington Gardens Form'

    (Orange Mountain Sage) This is the reddest of the Salvia regla species and the most floriferous. Side by side with the other varieties, Huntington Form is a bit taller and has darker flowers.

    The rich reddish-orange of the blossoms almost seems to drip off the rumpled, blue-green foliage. Bloom time is summer and fall in USDA Zones 7 to 10. This full-sun plant looks especially attractive with yellow or white flowering Salvias.

    A native of the Chisos Mountains in Southwestern Texas and of Mexico from Coahuila to Oaxaca, this sage is powerfully heat tolerant. Although it appreciates average watering based on local conditions, the species does well in waterwise gardens. Give it well-drained soil and grow it as a screen, tall shrub border or background plant. It grows 5 feet wide and tall! This is a favorite in native gardens and dry gardens.

    Hummingbirds love this species, which has become an important nectar source for their southbound, autumn migration to the tropics. It's almost impossible to keep this plant in stock when in bloom.

    NOTE: Theses are slow to propagate, and generally take at least 8 weeks for an appropriate plant to be grown.

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  • Salvia regla 'Jame'

    (Jame Orange Mountain Sage) North Carolina plantsman Richard Dufresne collected this fine variety of Salvia regla near the village of Jame, in central Mexico where the western and eastern Sierra Madre mountains meet.

    This fragrant, compact Salvia regla is densely clothed with the largest leaves of any of the varieties we grow. It also has 3-inch-long, persimmon-orange flowers that bloom from summer into fall. Dark leafed Heuchera look handsome planted with this bright sage.

    Salvia regla is native to the Chisos Mountains in Southwestern Texas and of Mexico from Coahuila to Oaxaca. It is powerfully heat tolerant. Although it appreciates average watering based on local conditions, the species does well in waterwise gardens in USDA Zones 7 to 10. Give it full sun and well-drained soil. Use it as a screen, tall shrub border or background plant. It grows 5 feet wide and tall! This is a favorite in native gardens and dry gardens.

    Hummingbirds love this species, which has become an important nectar source for their southbound, autumn migration to the tropics. Butterflies and honeybees are also frequent visitors. So it's almost impossible to keep this plant in stock when in bloom.

    NOTE: Theses are slow to propagate, and generally take at least 8 weeks for an appropriate plant to be grown.

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  • Salvia regla 'Royal'

    (Orange Mountain Sage) Coahuila, Mexico, is home to many fine Salvias, including the smallest variety of Salvia regla that we grow. This one averages about 3 feet tall and wide.

    This fragrant, compact Salvia regla has tidy foliage and large, orange flowers that bloom from summer into fall in USDA Zones 7 to 10. The absolutely unique characteristic of this variety is its bright orange bracts that even turn the heads of longtime Salvia enthusiasts.


    A native of the Chisos Mountains in Southwestern Texas and of Mexico from Coahuila to Oaxaca, Salvia regla is powerfully heat tolerant and fragrant. Although it appreciates average watering based on local conditions, the species does well in waterwise gardens. Give it full sun and well-drained soil. Grow it as a screen, shrub border or background plant. This is a favorite in native gardens and dry gardens.

    Hummingbirds love this species, which has become an important nectar source for their southbound, autumn migration to the tropics. Butterflies also visit. So it's almost impossible to keep this plant in stock when in bloom.

    NOTE: Theses are slow to propagate, and generally take at least 8 weeks for an appropriate plant to be grown.

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  • Salvia regla - Queretaro form

    (Great Orange Mountain Sage) Densely branched with small, dark green leaves, this variety of Salvia regla also features creamy orange flowers with white markings.

    Queretaro Form stands out in mixed plantings of the species and other sages. It is also one of the longest blooming varieties. As its name indicates this variety comes from the mountainous state of Queretaro, Mexico. Overall, the species is native to the Chisos Mountains in Southwestern Texas and in Mexico from Coahuila to Oaxaca.

    This full-sun sage is powerfully heat tolerant. Although it appreciates average watering based on local conditions, it does well in waterwise gardens. Give it well-drained soil and grow it as a screen, shrub border or background plant.

    Queretaro Form is refined enough to be used in a foundation planting and tough enough for a native plant or dry garden.

    NOTE: Theses are slow to propagate, and generally take at least 8 weeks for an appropriate plant to be grown.

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  • Salvia reptans

    (West Texas Grass Sage) Small clusters of true blue blossoms are spaced widely along the grass-like stems of this willowy West Texas mountain sage. Like so many American native plants, it is a key food source for honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

    The scientific appellation repens refers to its creeping roots that spread like a mat-forming grass. This densely clumping, heat-resistant sage is spectactular during bloom time in late summer and fall. It is also cold tolerant and grows well in USDA Zones 5 to 9.

    As a stand-alone accent plant, West Texas Grass Sage is nothing short of spectacular. It also works well in perennial borders with its 4-foot-long flower spikes poking out amidst sages with denser foliage and floral displays.

    This sage grows best in full sun but is adaptable to afternoon shade. It prefers average watering based on local conditions, but also does well in dry gardens.
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  • Salvia reptans 'Summer Skies'

    (Summer Skies West Texas Grass Sage) Butterflies and honeybees particularly favor this West Texas mountain native. In contrast to the true blue flowers of regular Salvia reptans, this cultivar has purple blossoms with cloud-like, lavender-to-white throats.

    Summer Skies tolerates heat, cold and drought. It grows best in Mediterranean-style coastal areas and semi-arid climates. The scientific epithet repens refers to its creeping roots that spread like a mat-forming grass helping to conserve moisture in the soil.

    Although this tough perennial handles full-sun, it does particularly well with morning sun and afternoon shade, especially where summers are extremely hot. Give it rich, well-drained soil and average watering depending on your local conditions. However, this is a sage that grows well in dry gardens.

    Salvia repens is a narrow, vertical species. Its whorled flowers are widely spaced on tall, slender flower spikes. It looks pretty as an accent plant, standing alone or in a mixed border poking out amid plants with denser foliage.

    New Mexico's High Country Gardens developed Summer Skies after discovering it as a happy purple accident amid cobalt sages. You might say it came from out of the blue.

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  • Salvia roemeriana

    (Cedar Sage) Scarlet flowers abound from spring through summer on this small, mounding, woodland sage that is native to Texas, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Grow it as a small scale groundcover or mix it with other shade-loving sages in a perennial border or along a path.

    Native to Cedar, Juniper and Oak forests, this sage prefers partial shade and well-drained, acidic soil rich in organic matter. It does particularly well when mulched with the type of leaves found in its native forests. Although it likes regular watering based on local conditions, Cedar Sage does well in dry gardens.

    This is a petite plant that only spreads about 12 inches wide. Yet if you plant a number of Salvia roemeriana in the right conditions, the plants will self seed and form colonies. We have never found it to be invasive.

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  • Salvia taraxacifolia

    (Dandelion Leaf Sage) Brush or bruise the basal foliage of this Moroccan Salvia and it exudes a citrusy fragrance. Petite and heat tolerant, this is a sturdy, adaptable groundcover.

    The late James C. Archibald of the Scottish Rock and Garden Club once described the plant's homeland -- the Atlas Mountains of Morocco -- as being "high, barren" and "snow-streaked." He collected specimens there in 1962 and noted that the plant retains its dwarf-like height better in dry, poor, gravelly soil.

    Taraxacifolia refers to the dandelion-like appearance of the plant's foliage. However, this is a non-invasive sage. Forming tight, low rosettes that spread gently, the gray-green, lyre-shaped leaves are heavily indented. The foot-tall spikes of large, soft, pink flowers bloom from summer into fall. 

    This perennial withstands light foot traffic, which is useful in a groundcover. Heat resistant and drought tolerant, it thrives in full sun and dry gardens with well-drained soil. However, it can also handle average watering based on local conditions. Dandelion Leaf Sage grows well in USDA Zones 7 to 11 where it is evergreen down to 20 degrees F and hardy to 10 degrees F if winter mulched.

    We like this easy-to-grow, uncommon sage and are glad that deer do not.

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  • Salvia texana

    (Texas Blue Sage) This is a cutie and a tough customer once established. It even grows well in caliche soils. Although Salvia texana typically blooms only during spring in Texas, it has a longer season stretching into fall up north.

    Flower colors are in the blue range and include purple and violet. Our strain could be described as having the violet of Scarlet O’Hara eyes as well as pronounced white beelines. Its deep green, oblong leaves and bracts are covered with silky hairs so long that they look like eyelashes.

    Although short at 12 to 24 inches tall, Texas Blue Sage is so charming that we like to crouch down to get a closer look. In Northern California, it thrives in full sun, but in Texas, it appreciates a bit of shade on the hottest days. This drought resistant Texas perennial does well in a dry garden, but also accepts regular watering in well drained soils.

    It can be temperamental outside its native range, so please take special care with this species.  Not a good plant for moist or humid parts of he country.

    Grow it as a groundcover or in borders, native plant gardens and prairie-type landscapes. We agree with the butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees that visit this beauty: What’s not to love about it.

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  • Salvia VIBE 'Ignition Purple'

    (Salvia VIBE® 'Ignition Purple') Purple once was a color reserved for royalty. Salvia VIBE® 'Ignition Purple' has deep royal purple flowers that are rare in a Jame Sage hybrid.  They bloom spring to fall for your enjoyment.

    This petite Jame Sage is cold hardy to USDA Zone 7. Use it as edging along a sunny walkway or in a mixed container planting. VIBE® Ignition Purple tends to spread and forms a lovely groundcover. VIBE® Ignition Purple is part of our series of Salvia x Jamensis hybrids called the Elk Rainbow Sages.™ This plant was originally released as Elk Phoenician Purple.

    Although heat tolerant and a sun lover, VIBE® Ignition Purple thrives with a bit of partial shade during severe heat. It is also drought-tolerant yet appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. This parentage may include other species of sages as well, so these hybrids come in a broad range of sizes.

    The foliage of Jame Sages can favor any of their parent plants. VIBE® Ignition Purple has the glossy, veined leaves of a Mountain Sage. Its burgundy calyxes add to the plant's dramatic look.

    This is an ideal plant for a native garden. Its size and regal color make it a good choice for an outdoor fairy garden. Wherever you plant it, you can expect honeybees and hummingbirds.



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    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50
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  • Salvia x 'Celestial Blue'

    (Celestial Blue Sage) Fast growing and adaptable, this sage is a chance hybrid between Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) -- also called California Blue Sage -- and California Rose Sage (Salvia pachyphylla). It may also be related to California Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla).

    Celestial Blue has lovely royal blue flowers and purple bracts. Sun-loving, heat tolerant and drought resistant, it was discovered at Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery in Southern California.

    This fragrant sage blooms and blooms throughout the heat of summer. Tolerant of everything but wet feet during summer, it withstands winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees F for a short time as well as lows in the 20-degree range for days. 

    Use this pretty plant in tough soils, on banks and in areas where watering is difficult or undesirable.  Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love it, but deer leave it alone. This cultivar is one of the best Salvias for cut-flower arrangements.

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Bella Rosa'

    (Elk Bella Rosa Jame Sage) The large, creamy pink and burgundy flowers of this sage are stately in contrast with its deep green, veined, ovate foliage that is pleasantly fragrant. Elk Bella Rosa is as elegant as its name implies. It's also long blooming.

    This delicate looking yet tough plant is part of our series of Jame Sage (Salvia x jamensis) hybrids called the Elk Rainbow Sages.™

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. Elk Bella Rosa grows well in areas with moderate winter temperatures.

    Jame Sage parentage can include additional Salvia species, which is why these Salvias come in a broad range of sizes. Their foliage may favor any of their parent plants. The foliage of Elk Bella Rosa is typical of the veined, denser looking greenery of Mountain Sage, which has larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage.

    Although sun loving, Elk Bella Rosa still likes some partial shade during peak summer temperatures. It is drought-resistant, but appreciates average watering based on local conditions.

    Elk Bella Rosa is adaptable to a variety of soils as long as they drain well. Use it to edge a sunny walkway, add drama to patio containers or mix in a border of pastel Salvias. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds all fill up on its nectar.


    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Blue Moon II'

    (Elk Blue Moon II Jame Sage) The phrase "blue moon" signifies a rare event. Elk Blue Moon Jame Sage is an unusual combination for a Jame Sage -- dusky violet flowers with pale-blue throats, dark blue calyxes and mid-green foliage.

    Note:  This is a new (2014) cultivar that we chose to replace the original 'Elk Blue Moon'.  It is a superior grower, and otherwise very similar.

    This petite Jame Sage blooms spring to fall and prefers moderate winter temperatures. Use it along a sunny walkway or in a mixed container planting. Elk Blue Moon tends to sprawl and forms a lovely groundcover. It is similar to Salvia 'Mesa Azure', but has larger flowers with better color. Elk Blue Moon is part of our series of Salvia x Jamensis hybrids called the Elk Rainbow Sages.™

    Although heat tolerant and a sun lover, Elk Blue Moon thrives with a bit of partial shade during severe heat. It is also drought-tolerant yet appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. This parentage may include other species of sages as well, so these hybrids come in a broad range of sizes.

    The foliage of Jame Sages can favor any of their parent plants. Elk Blue Moon has the glossy, veined leaves of a Mountain Sage.

    This is an ideal plant for a native garden. Its size and pastel color make it a good choice for an outdoor fairy garden. Wherever you plant it, you can expect honeybees and hummingbirds.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50
  • Salvia x 'Elk Buttercup'

    (Elk Buttercup Jame Sage) Red flower buds unfurl into the surprisingly buttery yellow blossoms of Elk Buttercup. Subtly bicolored, the flowers have touches of light pink including fine hairs on the upper lip.

    Ethereal pastel flowers and dramatic calyxes are characteristic of many but not all Jame Sages. We selected Elk Buttercup, in part, due to the contrast between its blossoms and reddish-green calyxes. It is part of our Elk Rainbow Series.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. This hybrid parentage may include other species of sages as well, which is why Jame Sages come in a broad range of sizes.

    The foliage of these hybrids can favor any of their parent plants. Elk Buttercup has the glossy, veined leaves of a Mountain Sage. It is heat tolerant and loves full sun, but -- similar to other Mountain Sages -- thrives with a bit of partial shade during severe heat. It is drought-tolerant but appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    Elk Buttercup is upright and taller than many Jame Sages. Its growth habit is vigorous. As a sub-shrub with a combination of woody and herbaceous growth, it works well in either a perennial or shrub border whether in a native-plant or cottage-style garden.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Cotton Candy'

    (Elk Cotton Candy Jame Sage) Rosy hairs on the upper lip and pale white throats highlight the translucent, blush pink blossoms of Elk Cotton Candy Jame Sage. Dark, deeply contrasting calyxes support the medium-size flowers.

    Elk Cotton Candy looks as sweet as the confection after which it is named. It is part of our series of Salvia x Jamensis hybrids called the Elk Rainbow Sages.™ Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. Elk Cotton Candy grows well in areas with moderate winter temperatures.

    Jame Sage parentage may include other Salvia species as well, which is why these sages come in a broad range of sizes. Their foliage can favor any of their parent plants. The leaves of Elk Cotton Candy are typical of Autumn Sage -- small, smooth and oval shaped. The density of its foliage and its size also reflect Autumn Sage.

    Heat tolerant and sun loving, Elk Cotton Candy still likes a bit of partial shade during peak summer temperatures. It is drought-resistant, but appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    Elk Cotton Candy fits well in a native plant garden where you could use it to edge a sunny walkway, add gleam to patio containers or mix in a border of pastel Salvias. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds all consider Elk Cotton Candy a sweet treat.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Lemon Light'

    (Elk Lemon Light Jame Sage) We are proud to offer this luminescent, pure yellow Salvia x jamensis -- a color breakthrough from our own breeding program. The bright, light blossoms cool the landscape similar to white flowers, but with colorful impact.  The glossy green leaves are quite small - a very attractive and distinctive characteristic.

    Deer avoid this hybrid of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla), but hummingbirds enjoy its nectar from spring into fall.

    Unlike some S. x jamensis, this one doesn't take a summer break from blooming. It flowers for us from May through first frost and is cold hardy to Zone 6. This drought resistant sage is compact, well-branched and thrives in full sun or partial shade. See why we're excited?

    Elk Lemon stays small, making it a perfect choice for containers, and little garden spots, pathway edges and upfront in native plant gardens. It doesn't grow as rapidly as many S. x jamensis types, but it's one tough plant.

    Highly recommended. Availability is limited due to its slow growth.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids ( Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Lush Lavender'

    (Elk Lush Lavender Jame Sage) Pale white accents mark the throats of this sage's large, rich lavender flowers. In contrast, the calyxes cupping the blossoms of this sage are a dark blue-green. Overall, the look is serene.

    This is a petite, upright Salvia is part of our Elk Rainbow Series. It is well adapted to winter conditions in USDA Zone 7, blooms from spring to summer and does well in native gardens. You can expect moderately paced growth.

    At 24 inches tall and wide, Elk Lush Lavender is ideal to mix with other short Salvias at front of border or along a walkway where you can enjoy it up close. Elk Lush Lavender would fit well in a pastel-themed garden with apricot, cream, pale blue, pink, rose and salmon Salvias. You'll find many pastels and bicolors among the Jame Sage hybrids.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. This parentage may include other species of sages as well, which is why Jame Sages come in a broad range of sizes.

    The foliage of these hybrids can favor any of their parent plants. Elk Lush Lavender has the tiny, smooth, oval-shaped leaves of an Autumn Sage. It is heat tolerant and loves full sun, but can take a bit of partial shade. Although drought-resistant, it appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50
  • Salvia x 'Elk Plum Parfait'

    (Elk Plum Parfait Jame Sage) It's a toss-up as to which are more dramatic -- the deep purple calyxes so dark they almost look black or the plum-colored flowers with pronounced white beelines. Elk Plum Parfait is a rare treat.

    This petite perennial is compact, fragrant and tough. It's one of our Jame Sage (Salvia x jamensis) hybrids -- the Elk Rainbow Sages.™

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. Elk Plum Parfait grows well in areas with moderate winter temperatures.

    Jame Sage parentage can include additional Salvia species, which is why these sages have a broad range of sizes and varying leaf sizes, textures and shapes. The foliage of Elk Plum Parfait is typical of the tiny-leafed, smooth, airy foliage of Autumn Sage that is mid-green.

    Although sun loving, Elk Plum Parfait still likes some partial shade during peak summer temperatures. It is drought-resistant, but appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Similar to most Jame Sages, it is adaptable to a variety of soils as long as they drain well.

    Honeybees and hummingbirds are attracted to Elk Plum Parfait. Use it to create a surprisingly dark yet bright walkway edging or patio containers that command close inspection.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50

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  • Salvia x 'Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow'

    (Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow Jame Sage) Rosy red hairs accentuate the upper lip of each dusky, salmon-pink blossom of this cheery Jame Sage. The flowers are tiny but abundant and are supported by bright green calyxes.

    Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow is compact, petite and long blooming. It's part of our series of Salvia x jamensis hybrids called the Elk Rainbow Sages.™

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow thrives where winter temperatures are moderate.

    Jame Sage parentage may include other Salvia species as well, which is why these sages come in a broad range of sizes. Their foliage can favor any of their parent plants. The leaves of Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow are typical of the fine, smooth, mid-green foliage of Autumn Sage, which has an airy look.

    Although sun loving, Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow does better with some partial shade during peak summer temperatures. It is drought-resistant, but appreciates average watering based on local conditions.

    This rosy beauty is adaptable to a variety of soils as long as they drain well. Plant it where you can appreciate its delicate coloring up close, such as in containers or amid pastel borders along garden paths. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds all benefit from its nectar.


    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids ( Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50
  • Salvia x 'Elk White Ice'

    (Elk White Ice Jame Sage) Never before have we seen such a pure white among the species to which Jame Sages are related. We love this purity as well as the bright green calyxes supporting the large flowers of Elk White Ice and giving it an overall crisp look.

    You'll find whites, brights, pastels and bicolors among the Jame Sage hybrids. This vigorous variety is well adapted to the chill of winter conditions in USDA Zone 7. It is part of our Elk Rainbow Series.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains or in the test gardens of our Northern California farm. This parentage may include other species of sages as well, which is why Jame Sages come in a broad range of sizes.

    The foliage of these hybrids can favor any of their parent plants. Elk White Ice has the tiny, smooth, oval-shaped leaves of the Autumn Sage side of its family. It is heat tolerant and loves full sun, but can take a bit of partial shade. Although drought-resistant, Elk White Ice appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Don't forget to give it well-drained soil.

    When in bloom, Elk White Ice reaches up to 30 inches tall. Mass this upright plant in in a native garden with other, taller Salvias.

    Elk Rainbow Sage
    A Rainbow of Quality

    At Flowers by the Sea, we regularly develop new cultivars such as our hybrid series of Elk Rainbow Sages™, which are varieties of Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis) in a broad array of solids and bicolors ranging from pastels to brights. Attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees, they are lovely yet tough crosses that include Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). The word Elk in the scientific and common names of the Elk Rainbow choices indicates that you are getting a sturdy, colorful, reliable repeat performer.

    10.50
    New!
  • Salvia x 'Gayle Nielson'

    (Gayle Nielson Hybrid Sage) Whorl-like clusters of violet-blue flowers on slender stems as well as its height and width indicate that Gayle Nielson Hybrid Sage is related to some form of Salvia clevelandii.

    However, the rest of this graceful plant’s parentage is uncertain. It was collected in the Tucson, Arizona, garden of Carl and Gayle Nielson where a number of California native sages were growing. Other possible parent species include Salvia dorrii and Salvia mohavensis. To increase the sense of mystery surrounding this tough plant, it is sometimes referred to as either Carl Nielson Hybrid Sage or Salvia x 'Trident'.

    Reddish-purple bracts support the delicate-looking flowers, which bloom winter into spring. The fragrant, olive-green leaves are larger than those of Salvia clevelandii.

    Similar to most California native sages, this shrub is heat and drought tolerant. It grows well in USDA Zones 8 to 9 and, despite its desert connections, is adaptable to cooler coastal life. Whereas honeybees and hummingbirds enjoy its nectar, deer leave it alone.

    Gayle Nielson Hybrid Sage likes full sun and needs little summer watering after becoming established. Plant it in soil with excellent drainage. Although this is a full-sun plant, it appreciates a bit of partial shade. In dry or native landscapes, it works well as a screen, shrub border or tall groundcover.

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    New!
  • Salvia x 'Nuevo Leon'

    (Nuevo Leon Hybrid Sage) Imagine tiny, smooth, green leaves and deeper lavender-blue flowers than those of Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro'. With its midnight purple flowers, Nuevo Leon is a dramatic hybrid.

    Similar to all members of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) group, this is a full sun plant that tolerates heat and drought. It also survives chilly weather, especially if mulched for winter and planted in well-drained soil.

    Autumn Sage and its hybrids are native to Texas and North Mexico where they handle extremes from lack of rain to monsoons. Although ideal for dry gardens, Nuevo Leon and other Autumn Sages thrive with average watering based on local conditions.

    This petite plant works well as ground cover in areas with warm winter climates. It's also pretty in containers, along sunny pathways and at front of border. Plant it and honeybees will reward you with lots of helpful pollination and happy buzzing.

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  • Salvia x 'Purple Stem'

    (Purple Stem Sage) Deep purple stems and cobalt blue flowers with pronounced white beelines and dusky gray calyxes cause this sage to command attention.

    Aside from knowing that Purple Stem Sage was collected in the Northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, little can be said with certainty about the taxonomy of this mystery hybrid Salvia. What we can say definitively is that it is easy to grow, flowers abundantly and does well in heat with limited water.

    Purple Stem Sage is a waist-high, upright subshrub that combines tender herbaceous stems with woody growth. It looks particularly pretty planted in front of silvery leafed sages.

    This drought-resistant sage does well in full sun to partial shade. It needs soil with good drainage and fits in nicely with California native sages.

    Highly recommended.

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    New!
  • Salvia x jamensis 'California Sunset'

    (California Sunset Hybrid Jame Sage) Entranced is the only word to describe how we felt when we first saw the peachy sunset pastels of this Jame Sage. After growing it for multiple seasons, we are just as impressed by its compact, well-branched form.

    Jame Sages (S. x jamensis spp.) are hybrid members of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group, but are often pastel. Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, they occur in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains.

    Hardy to at least 10 degrees F, California Sunset is also heat tolerant, drought resistant and long blooming. It would look lovely in a mixed planter or perennial border with other sages featuring red, pink and yellow blossoms. Or mass it for a spectacular groundcover. This tough plant loves full sun, but tolerates a bit of shade.

    Highly recommended by butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners!
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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Caviar'

    (Caviar Hybrid Jame Sage) Rosy green calyxes support the long-blooming, creamy salmon-pink flowers of this Jame Sage. It creates lots of buzz among honeybees and hummingbirds seeking its rich nectar and pollen. Caviar is a hybrid of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla).

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains.Unlike their parent plants, Jame Sages (S. x jamensis spp.) are often pastel.

    However, determining a Jame Sage's parentage can be complicated, because one or both of its Autumn/Mountain sage parents may also be hybrids. This hybrid-of-a-hybrid phenomenon is the case with Caviar, which is related to Salvia greggii ‘Salmon’ -- a plant that is called Salmon Texas Sage and sometimes grows much larger than a typical Autumn Sage.

    Due to its heat and drought tolerance, Caviar Jame Sage is particularly useful for dry and native gardens where it works well as groundcover or edging a path.
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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink'

    (Dyson's Orangy Pink Hybrid Jame Sage) Many Salvia x jamensis hybrids remind gardeners of sunrise, such as Dyson's Orangy Pink. Light green calyxes faintly striped with red cup its luminous pale salmon pink blossoms with creamy throats.

    Jame Sages are crosses of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla), which are best known for bright colors, including reds.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the agricultural valley of Jame near Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains.

    Determining a Jame Sage's parentage can be complicated, because one or both of its Autumn/Mountain sage parents may also be hybrids. Dyson's Orangy Pink is one of the taller Jame Sages, which tend to be more petite than their parents.

    The Autumn/Mountain Sage group has a strong reputation for attracting honeybees and hummingbirds, but not deer. So it's no surprise that Dyson's Orangy Pink is popular with pollinators and shunned by the family Cervidae.

    As with its parents, Salvia x jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink' is a subshrub. This means that it is a shrub in the warmer parts of its range and an herbaceous perennial in areas with colder winters.

    Jame Sages grow well in full sun to partial shade and aren't picky about soil type except for good drainage. Like all members of their parent group, Dyson's Orangy Pink is drought resistant but appreciates average watering based on local conditions. Try it in a dry garden or amid border and container plantings.

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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Full Moon'

    (Full Moon Hybrid Jame Sage) The luminescent, bicolor pastels of many Salvia x jamensis are difficult to capture in photos, but easy to appreciate when viewed up close. Full Moon is a compact, long-flowering Jame Sage that has pale, creamy yellow blossoms with a touch of rose that are cupped by dark green calyxes.

    Jame Sages are hybrid crosses of the closely related Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). However, Jame Sage is often pastel unlike most Autumn and Mountain sages.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where these parent sages meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains or in a nursery. Full Moon is a hybrid from Central California's Suncrest Nursery.

    Full Moon likes regular watering, but is drought resistant. It looks pretty in settings allowing close viewing, such as in patio containers or edging a pathway. Give it plenty of sun, but if you live in an area with extremely hot summers, choose a location offering some afternoon shade.

    Honeybees and butterflies highly recommend it as do humans, but deer resist its charms. Limited availability.
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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Shell Dancer'

    (Shell Dancer Sage) So many sages combine resilience and loveliness. This includes Salvia 'Shell Dancer', which withstands heat and drought yet has delicate looking blossoms and lush green foliage.

    Shell Dancer's bicolor flower has a waxy texture and sheen. It is sophisticated looking -- a hot fuchsia- pink that fades to a pinkish cream on the bottom half of the lower lip as the blossom ages.

    Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville, California, developed Shell Dancer. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants. This one has upright form and is a sister seedling of Suncrest's Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'.

    Unlike Dancing Dolls, which has dark stems and calyxes, Shell Dancer has mid-green stems and calyxes. Suncrest Salvia foliage differs in color and leaf shape from one hybrid to another. The leaves of Shell Dancer and Dancing Dolls are similar to those of Mountain Sage -- veined and much larger than Autumn Sage leaves.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Shell Dancer needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Tangerine Ballet'

    (Tangerine Ballet Hybrid Jame Sage) Soft pinkish-orange flowers with contrasting yellow eyes make this Jame Sage look as tasty as sorbet. Hardy to at least 10 degrees F, Tangerine Ballet is also heat tolerant, drought resistant and long blooming-- all marks of Salvias in the closely related Autumn and Mountain Sage group.

    Jame Sage is a cross of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and, possibly, other Salvia species. Determining a Jame Sage's precise parentage can be complicated, because one or both of its Autumn/Mountain sage parents may also be hybrids. This hybrid-of-a-hybrid phenomenon may be the case for Tangerine Ballet, which is one of our taller Jame Sage varieties.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sage occurs in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains.

    Upright in form with leaves that closely resemble the tiny, smooth foliage of its Autumn Sage parent, Tangerine Ballet is perfect massed as a groundcover or in spots calling for small shrubbery, such as path edges. Jame Sage loves full sun, but tolerates a bit of shade.

    Highly recommended by butterflies, honeybees, hummingbirds and gardeners!

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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink'

    (Yellow Pink Hybrid Jame Sage) Dusty pink with pale yellow throats, the bicolor pastels of this Salvia x jamensis are especially charming up close. 'Yellow Pink' is a compact sage with tiny, smooth foliage.

    Jame Sage (S. x jamensis spp.) is a hybrid member of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group of closely related Salvias. However, unlike its parent species, Jame Sage often is pastel.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sage occurs in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains or at private nurseries and universities involved in botanical research.

    Every year, many new Jame Sages enter commercial horticulture. We grow as many as we can, looking for exceptional varieties, but only a few make the cut. Yellow Pink is a petite favorite that comes from one of our Salvia gurus, professional plant breeder Brent Barnes of Riverside, Californiae.

    Yellow Pink Jame Sage is fragrant, long blooming, vigorous, heat tolerant and drought resistant similar to other members of the Autumn/Mountain Sage group.

    Highly recommended!

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  • Stachys albotomentosa

    (Hidalgo or 7-UP Plant) I love to ask people what the smell of these leaves remind them of. Almost no one gets it on the first try, but when I say, "7 UP", their eyes light up, heads nod and the resounding answer is, "Yes!"

    This mounding small perennial is native to shady mountain canyons in Arizona and Texas.  The flowers glow on tall spikes above the furry, light green above, silvery underneath leaves.  This is an outstanding perennial for shady spots.  It can stand drought when established, but does very well with regular garden water.  The apricot-coral flowers age to a reddish tint, and are quite long lasting. This plant blooms for us April - October!

    This is another Salvia-like perennial that deserves much greater prominence in our gardens.

    Highly recommended.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Fragrance as well as color attracts butterflies. However, they don't have noses. Instead, butterflies smell and taste with their antennas and feet. Here are some ways to attract them:


  1. Plant sages with platform-type blossoms. Unlike hummingbirds, butterflies can't hover while feeding. Sages with large lower lips and short nectar tubes, such as those in the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) group, give butterflies a place to stand while gathering nectar and pollen.
  2. Provide lots of color and sunlight. Butterflies need to stay warm and are attracted to a broad range of flower colors.
  3. Include native species. Insects and plants have co-evolved to meet each other's needs within their native regions. Butterflies prefer feeding on their local, native perennials and shrubs.
  4. Grow Caterpillar Host Plants. Butterflies need baby nurseries. Some are extremely picky about the plants on which they lay eggs, such as Monarchs, which need milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). The North American Butterfly Association is a good source of information about host plants.
  5. Don't use pesticides. They kill many beneficial insects, including butterflies.
  6. Keep your garden blooming. Plant a variety of Salvias based on bloom times as well as color and shape. Many flower from spring into fall. Others are prolific fountains of nectar for shorter seasons.
  7. Provide puddles. Butterflies stay hydrated by splashing in puddles located in sunny spots on the ground or raised up in shallow birdbaths. Include rocks for basking; butterflies need to dry and warm their wings.
  8. Plant butterfly gardens near shelter. Butterflies need to be able to flee into trees, shrubbery and woodpiles when predators appear and when windy or rainy weather occurs.
  9. Supplement plantings with rotten fruit. Some butterflies love the juice of rotting fruit even more than nectar.
  10. Read more. Our Everything Salvias Blog offers a number of articles about butterflies.