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Salvia pinguifolia (Rock sage)
Anderson, Wynn

Salvia pinguifolia

Salvia pinguifolia (Fernald) Woot. & Standl.

Rock Sage, Greaseleaf Salvia

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s): Salvia ballotiflora var. pinguifolia

USDA Symbol: SAPI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlet.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Blue to purple to lavender.


Native Habitat: Rocky limestone from 2000-7000 feet.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Description: Rocky limestone soils.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 79 - Wildflowers of New Mexico (2020) George Oxford Miller

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: DEW

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