Blue Shrub Sage
Blue Shrub Sage
Blue Shrub Sage

Blue Shrub Sage

Salvia ballotiflora

General Information

  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Attracts Birds
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Texas Native
  • Central Texas Native

Common Names

Salvia; Shrubby Blue Sage; Mejorana; Engorda-cabra

Plant Description

Sun to partial shade. A deciduous and mostly inconspicuous native sage with an open branching habit. Leaves and flowers are both edible. It's not at all common in the nursery trade, but ubiquitous in brush piles underneath cenizo and other south Texas shrubs where it shapes itself to whatever conditions it finds. Use it to bulk up any native planting, especially in unwatered dry or thin soils. Plan on touching it up to maintain an attractive form. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies when in bloom and provides refuge for small mammals.

Plant Details


coupon eligible: Yes

watersaver: Yes

flower color: Blue

freeze hardy: Yes

wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

sunlight requirements: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

soil types: Sandy

invasive: No

plant category: sage/salvia


Light grooming or training improves the aesthetic appeal; can be cut back (in winter / early spring) to produce a more tidy shape.

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