the blue creeper

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germander sage
Salvia chamaedryoides
LAMIACEAE

  • 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.

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Katherine Gierlach