West Texas cobalt sage

Salvia reptans

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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West Texas cobalt sage (Salvia reptans)
SAL-vee-ah REP-tanz
Genus:  Salvia
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.
Care:  Provide full sun to light shade and well-drained, alkaline soil.
Propagation:  Take cuttings of newer growth anytime, or divide plants in spring.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Desert Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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