Salvia x jamensis 'Golden Girl' (Golden Girl Sage) - This compact subshrub to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide with 1/2 long elliptic dark green leaves that have a pleasant scent when bruised and butter yellow flowers with an orange blush on the upper exterior through much of the year with peak bloom in early summer until first frost in fall. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to regularly - tolerant of overhead irrigation. Cold hardy to at least 20° F. Repeat bloom is encouraged by light tip pruning through summer months and trim dry stems and shape plants in early spring.
This plants parentage actually is unknown but is so similar to plants in the Salvia x jamensis group that most have used this name for the plant. It was a spontaneous seedling hybrid discovered by Nevin Smith in 2005 at Suncrest Nursery in Watsonville, California where it was growing within crops of Salvia greggii, Salvia microphylla and hybrids between these two species, which are called Salvia x jamensis. In the Suncrest Nurseries listing they considered it a third generation hybrid that combines the best features of Salvia greggii and those of the S. x jamensis group. It is shorter and slower-growing than a typical Salvia greggii, and extremely compact with heavier blooming than most plants in the group and is noted as having excellent long-blooming garden performance and responding well to pruning.
Information about Salvia x jamensis 'Golden Girl' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.