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Salvia chamaedryoides - Germander Sage

Salvia chamaedryoides generally stays below 1 foot tall and spreads to about 3 feet. The Germander Sage blooms spring and summer with a smattering of blooms in the fall. Cutting off the stalks of blue flowers as they fade is tedious but will extend the season. I often cut back the tips of the branches to freshen up the growth. Salvia chamaedryoides is weak in the shade and performs best in full south facing sunlight. We have had no frost damage to Salvia chamaedryoides with minimum temperatures as low as 16 degrees F. But dogs and kids will destroy these brittle plants if they go running through. This is a good addition to the hummingbird garden and the butterfly garden. There is a hybrid of this plant on the market, Salvia chamaedryoides Marine Blue. It is taller and more robust but with many of the good characteristics of this Germander Sage.

Salvia chamaedryoides, Germander Sage

Flowers and foliage of Salvia chamaedryoides, the Germander Sage. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.