(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.