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Salvia sinaloensis - Sinaloan Blue Sage

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Salvia sinaloensis (Sinaloan Blue Sage) - A compact herbaceous perennial sage that grows to 1 foot tall and as wide, spreading slowly by branches rooting above ground and by stolons underground. The small pleasantly aromatic leaves are lanced-shaped with toothed margins and tinted with purple-bronze when first emerging and even later when grown in bright light. In late spring through fall on upright hairy dark reddish stems appear the small dark blue flowers with a white linear spots on the lower lip. Though there is a hint of violet in the flower color, some consider this one of the "true blue" colored sages. The dark calyx remains an attractive feature after the flowers are spent. Plant in a well drained soil in full sun to light shade along the coast with brightest light bringing out the best foliage color and flowering, though it is also highly touted for its dependability in shade. This Salvia responds well to regular summer watering but less water can be applied to established plants, particularly those growing in shade and can be temperamental in heavy soils if they remain wet in winter so is best with good drainage, a raised planter of even in a container. It has proven winter hardy for us in Santa Barbara, though it was noted to be killed by cold temperatures around 11 F in Betsy Clebsch's mountainside garden in San Mateo County in the 1980s. In our climate this plant does not disappear completely in winter and so its best cut back late winter to remove old stems. This plant comes from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where it is found growing in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental and this location gives this plant its specific epithet. Sinaloan Blue Sage was introduced into horticulture in California in the 1980s and we have grown it since 1994.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made 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 if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia sinaloensis.