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West Texas cobalt sage

Salvia reptans

SAL-vee-ah REP-tanz

West Texas cobalt sage is a marvelously distinct species that can be enjoyed by gardeners farther north, as long as they purchase the west Texas form, which is quite cold-hardy. This salvia has rigid stems with narrow, pungent leaves and resembles a bright green, upright grass for much of the growing season. In early fall, cobalt blue flowers burst open almost overnight and are a big draw for hummingbirds. Thanks to its deep roots, this wildflower is extremely xeric. West Texas cobalt sage grows to 4 feet tall.

CareProvide full sun to light shade and well-drained, alkaline soil.

PropagationTake cuttings of newer growth anytime, or divide plants in spring.


  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Foliage
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
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