(Wild Watermelon Mountain Sage) Large, watermelon-pink flowers and the fruity fragrance of this long-blooming sage's mid-green, veined leaves make this Mountain Sage a treat to grow.
|Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
|Wild Watermelon Mountain Sage
|USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
|7 - 9
|Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
|Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
|Full sun to partial shade
|Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
|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.
|Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
|Patent # This plant is patented, or a patent application has been filed and is pending and may not be propagated, under U.S. Federal Code, Title 35, Part II, Chapter 15 §161 without a license from the patent holder.
|Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
|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.
|3 to 4 feet
(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.