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Salvia urica - Blue Bush Sage

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Guatemala (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Salvia urica (Blue Bush Sage) - Robust shrubby sage 4 to 6 feet tall and wide with white hairy green leaves that have a nice fragrance when bruised and dark violet-blue flowers late summer through fall until first frost. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun (coastal) to light shade and mulch around the base. Low water requirements. Hardy at the base only to the mid 20's F with some foliage damage much below freezing but quite tolerant of heat and humidity. Cut back to a desired shape when danger of frost is over. This plant inhabits a wide range from Central America north to Chiapas Mexico where it grows from 1,000 to 8,500 feet in elevation in diverse habitats. The specific epithet given to this plant in 1939 by American botanist Carl Epling (1894- 1968) comes from the Latin word meaning "caterpillar", perhaps for the shape of the flowers prior to opening. Our plants are of tall form from Betsy Clebsch though another shorter form is also in distribution.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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 urica.
 
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