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Salvia arizonica (Desert indigo sage)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Salvia arizonica

Salvia arizonica A. Gray

Desert Indigo Sage, Arizona Sage

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


USDA Symbol: SAAR8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Arizona Sage is a 1-2 ft. perennial with shiny, dark-green leaves and clusters of tubular, indigo blue flowers.

This salvia is browsed by deer at high elevations.


From the Image Gallery

1 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: W. TX to s. AZ
Native Habitat: Rocky canyons; open forests

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.


Use Wildlife: Browsed by deer at high elevations.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: No

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1220 Collected 2008-07-17 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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