Japanese yellow sage

Salvia koyamae

Photo/Illustration: 
Jerry Pavia
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Japanese yellow sage (Salvia koyamae)
Genus:  Salvia
At first glance, this Japanese woodland native does not look as if it belongs in a shade garden, but
I find its spreading foliage and light-colored flowers do wonderfully as a small ground cover in dry-shade areas. Creamy yellow flower spikes sporadically appear from summer to fall, but hand-size, hairy green leaves are another attraction of this plant. It contrasts well with so many other fine-textured shade perennials that the flowers can be considered just a bonus. Japanese yellow sage is not choosy about soil pH or type. The spreading stems root as they touch the ground, eventually forming large, wide clumps. You can easily transplant any piece of rooted stem to fill gaps in your shade garden. -Jimmy Turner, Perennials for dry shade, Fine Gardening issue #133
Propagation:  Simply transplant any piece of rooted stem.

Overview

Height
18 to 24 inches
Spread
18 to 24 inches
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Color,
Shade
Type
Perennials

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