the blue creeper
usually 2' x 2', can get to 3'
blue FLOWERS in warm weather, heaviest in spring and fall
moderate to regular water (low to terrace zone)
FULL SUN to part shade
HARDY TO ABOUT 15°F
nectar plant for hummingbirds, butterflies and native bees
Germander sage (Salvia chamaedroides) is an evergreen perennial native to the high desert (2100–2800 m elevation) of the Sierra Madre Oriental range in Mexico. Its name comes from sharing the trait of having a running rootstock, typical of Teucrium chamaedrys (wall germander). Spreading freely, it can reach a height of 3 feet when in bloom (usually about 2 feet tall and wide), with small grey evergreen foliage. The flowers are blue, appearing sporadically throughout the year, with peaks of bloom in early summer and autumn. It makes a wonderful foreground plant in desert gardens with its small, silvery leaves that make an effective backdrop. When bruised, the leaves emit a spicy fragrance.
It grows in full sun to part shade and prefers well-drained soil. It is considered extremely drought tolerant. Hardy to 15° F.
Hummingbirds, native bees, and butterflies visit the flowers.