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Salvia ballotiflora (Shrubby blue sage)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Salvia ballotiflora

Salvia ballotiflora Benth.

Shrubby blue sage, Blue Shrub Sage, Mejorana

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: SABA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A much-branched aromatic shrub with square stems. Leaves are opposite with serrated margins, hairy above and below. Flowers bluish-purple in elongated clusters.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: TX
Native Habitat: Rocky, sandy, or gravelly soils on brushy slopes, thickets and chaparral from Edwards Plateau south to the coast of Texas. Good drainage required.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: Blue shrub sage is somewhat of a woody plant. Cut it back in late winter to produce bushy plants in the spring. The leaves smell great and the nectar feeds adult butterflies. Somewhat deer resistant.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Aromatic, showy accent shrub.
Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees, Nectar-insects, Cover, Fruit-rodents
Use Food: Reportedly used for flavoring meats and other foods.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High , Moderate , Minimal , No

Propagation

Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Wrights Nursery - Briggs, TX
Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0599 Collected May 13, 1992 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Bibliography

Bibref 305 - Field Guide to Common South Texas Shrubs (1997) Taylor, R.B., J. Rutledge, & J.G. Herrera
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Salvia ballotiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia ballotiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia ballotiflora

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-05-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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