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Salvia calolophos

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(Puna Sage) The deep violet-blue flowered Salvia calolophos has white beelines and oblong, mid-green leaves. It is a high-altitude native of northern Argentina.

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Degree of Difficulty
Challenging
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is can be challenging to grow in conditions outside those in which it is found in the wild.
Common name
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Puna Sage
USDA Zones
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8 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
24"/24"/24"
Exposure
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Full sun
Soil type
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Well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant? Yes
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(Puna Sage) The deep violet-blue flowered Salvia calolophos has white beelines and oblong, mid-green leaves. It is a high-altitude native of northern Argentina.

This petite, mounding sage is from the Puna region of the Argentine Andes. Puna Sage is rare in the horticultural trade.


As to its species name, calo means beautiful in Latin and lophos refers to a crest, such as the plume on a helmet. Calolophos most likely refers to the plant's flower spikes, which bloom abundantly at their tips to create a plume-like look.

Growing Puna Sage is challenging. In its home environment, it thrives in rocky soil with excellent drainage. Although it prefers average watering based on local growing conditions, this is a sage that seems to like its soil to dry a bit before watering.

As a subshrub, this Salvia combines both soft herbaceous and woody growth. Winter chill may cause it to die to ground, but it will reemerge the next growing season. Similar to most sages, this is a deer-resistant species.

The Salvia genus is part of the huge mint family (Lamiaceae). American botanist and Lamiaceae expert Carl C. Epling (1894-1968) gave Salvia calolophos its scientific name in 1935.