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American Natives

America is a vast country with different growing conditions and native species from one part of the nation to another. It's estimated that there are 20,000 native species in America. Of those, about 45 are from the Salvia genus.

Most native gardens are based on plants that occur naturally in the wild in specific regions. However, some native gardens encompass American natives from a number of regions dependent on their ability to prosper in local growing conditions. So it isn't uncommon to find Southwestern sages in an East Coast garden of American natives.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, Austin, is a regional example dedicated to native species from Texas and the Southwest. In contrast, the native garden at the New England Wildflower Society's headquarters in Massachusetts -- The Garden in the Woods -- focuses on a broad array of American native plants.

At Flowers by the Sea we define American native plants as ones occurring in the wild, and in varying parts of America, prior to European exploration. The plants in our list include Salvia species and related hybrids as mint family members from other genuses that are closely related to true sages. Our collection includes species from states as far flung as Hawaii and New Jersey. However, most are from California, the Southwest and Texas.

Aside from being pretty and providing food and habitat for local wildlife, native sages are easy to maintain if your local conditions meet their needs. For example, a drought-tolerant plant that is ideal for dry gardens most likely won't thrive in an area with frequent torrential rains. We recommend Patricia A. Taylor's book, Easy Care Native Plants, for a deep perspective on native plant gardening.


  • 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 (Salvia microphylla).

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!"


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Plant is doing well but not yet the showy plant described. Providing great late summer color and survived a week of 100+ temps without any attention.
Ms. linda allen
Sep 7, 2017