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Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii

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(Cut Leaf African Blue Sage) In botanical names, aurita means “ear shaped.” It’s the ear-like lobes of this sage’s leaves that give the species part of its name Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii. The cut leaf foliage is heavily lobed, mint green and lightly hairy.

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Common name
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Cut Leaf African Blue Sage
USDA Zones
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8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
48"/48"+/48"
Exposure
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Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
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Well drained
Water needs
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Drought resistant
Pot size
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Standard
Container plant?
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Yes
Mature height
The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
3 to 4 feet
Mature spread
The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
4 to 5 feet
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Cut Leaf African Blue Sage) In botanical names, aurita means “ear shaped.” It’s the ear-like lobes of this sage’s leaves that give the species part of its name Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii. The cut leaf foliage is heavily lobed, mint green and lightly hairy.

In botanical names, aurita means “ear shaped.” It’s the ear-like lobes of this sage’s leaves that give the species part of its name Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii. The cut leaf foliage is heavily lobed, mint green and lightly hairy.

The second part of the plant’s name -- “Galpinii -- comes from one of South Africa’s great botanists, Ernest Edward Galpin who was born in 1858. Although he worked long hours and nearly seven days a week as a banker, Galpin spent all his limited free time roaming the South African countryside. Late in life, he bequeathed his collection of 16,000 labeled and classified specimens to his country’s National Herbarium. Among all those plants, Galpin discovered six new genuses.

Short to medium-sized and fragrant, this heat-tolerant sage is endemic to South Africa and Swaziland. Its whorls of double-lipped, white flowers tinged with blue bloom from spring into fall attracting butterflies and honeybees. Deer, however, pass it by.

Tough and heat tolerant, this perennial sage grows wild in a variety of well-drained soils on hillsides, loamy farmlands, the sides of streams, forests and moist valleys. Although drought resistant, Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii enjoys regular watering and especially needs it if being used as a groundcover. Other settings for it include dry gardens and container plantings. It grows quickly in full sun or partial shade from USDA Zone 8 to Zone 11.