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Products > Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue'
 
Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue' - Santa Rosa Island Sage
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Channel Islands (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Salvia brandegei 'Pacific Blue' (Santa Rosa Island Sage) - Salvia brandegei comes from the Channel Islands off the California Coast and northern Baja California. It is a vigorous heavily-branched shrub that can grow 4 to 6 feet in height. The narrow dark green leaves have a wrinkled texture on top and are finely covered with white hairs underneath. The flowers, forming on tiered whorls, are typically a light lavender color but this selection from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens has dark lavender blue flowers. Plant in full sun and give little irrigation; it is very drought tolerant once established. Salvia brandegei tolerates a wide range of soils and is a durable long lived plant in the garden. Hardy to at least 15 F (Las Pilitas Nursery notes that the species can tolerate temperatures down to 0 F) To keep a dense and more attractive plant, cut back in the winter by about a third or more when young - once mature with woody stems, only tip prune. This plant, introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in 2004, was selected from self sowed seedlings discovered in the garden near a Salvia brandegei collected from Santa Rosa Island. It is possibly a hybrid with another native salvia; Carol Bornstein, Director of the living collection at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has speculated that the other parent might be Salvia munzii. What ever its parentage, this plant is a real winner.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Salvia brandegeei 'Pacific Blue' .
 
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