Shrubby Blue Sage

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Shrubby Blue Sage, Mejorana 
Salvia ballotiflora, Lamiaceae, Mint Family 

Description: Aromatic leaves, much-branched, with many attractive blue flowers after showers 
Height: 5 to 8 ft 
Flowers: Blue petals to 0.5 inch long, short clusters (racemes); after rainfall anytime of year 
Fruit: Four nutlets within folded, brown calyx 
Foliage: Simple, opposite, oval, green leaves, variable in size with moisture available, to 1.6 inch long, scent of crushed leaves unique 
Spines: Unarmed Bark: Gray to black, smooth on young stems 
Growth Rate: Fast 

Sun: Full, partial shade 
Soil: Caliche, gravelly, sandy, sandy loam 
Drainage: Well 
Water: Low, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: No fertilizing, too much fertilizer or water causes it to grow leggy 
Propagation: Seed, softwood and hardwood cuttings 

Native Habitat: Brushy hillseeds, chaparrals, thickets, brushlands, thornforests 

Wildlife Use
Nectar - butterflies 
Leaves - Painted Lady caterpillars use some Salvias as cover 

Comments: Very attractive 



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