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Salvia lycioides (Canyon sage)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Salvia lycioides

Salvia lycioides A. Gray

Canyon Sage

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Salvia ramosissima


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Canyon Sage grows 2 feet high or more. Leaves are smooth, 1/2 to 1 1/5 inches long, margins entire to finely toothed. Corollas are blue to indigo blue, 2-lipped, and opposite on the stem.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers in 4 inch spikes
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Caliche type, Limestone-based, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam Clay Calcareous


Use Ornamental: Perennial garden, Shortgrass meadow
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant: High


Propagation Material: Seeds

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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