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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Salvia ballotiflora Benth.
Shrubby blue sage, Blue Shrub Sage, Mejorana
USDA Symbol: saba5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A much-branched aromatic shrub with square stems. Leaves are opposite with serrated margins, hairy above and below. Flowers bluish-purple in elongated clusters.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Heat Tolerant:
Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Calcareous Conditions Comments:
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.
BenefitUse 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
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Edible plants native to Austin, TX
August 05, 2009
I am a chef from Buenos Aires Argentina visiting Austin, Texas and would like to learn about native, edible plants in the region.
Please let me know if there are any native, edible plants...
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0599
Collected May 13, 1992 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2009-05-19
Research By: TWC Staff