Salvia engelmannii A. Gray
Engelmann's Sage, Engelmann's Salvia
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: SAEN2
Engelmanns sage is a 1-1 1/2 ft compact mound of velvety, narrow leaves and showy flower spikes. Pale lavender, tubular flowers occur on 4-6 in. spikes.
The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 0.5-1.5 feet
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Native Distribution: C. TX
Native Habitat: Endemic to the limestone hills of c. TX
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Engelmann's sage is similar to Texas sage, but has pale-blue flowers, a shorter bloom period, and grows to a slightly larger size. When evidence of new growth emerges at the plant's base, cut back old stems. Provide good drainage.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden, Rock gardens, Shortgrass meadow
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant: High
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by divisions, rooted sections, or seeds.
Seed Collection: Collect the seeds as the capsules begin to dry but before they have dropped the seeds. Spread seeds in thin layers to dry a few days before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Generally, a cold-moist stratification period is required for germination of Salvia seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0510 Collected Apr 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-211 Collected 2008-07-17 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia engelmannii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia engelmannii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia engelmannii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff