Walter Andensen Nursery

Salvia lanceolata

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Salvia lanceolata

Salvia lanceolata (no common name that we know of) is a compact (3’-4’ high and wide) shrubby sage. Its narrow gray-silver leaves have a pleasing, pungent scent and its smoky rose-tan flowers are relatively large for a salvia.

It truly becomes interesting when the flowers drop. The calyx takes on a pink tone and is as showy as the flower. It blooms early spring through fall. Regular water is ok, but it can be very drought tolerant. Like most salvias it loves full sun and any soil with good drainage. Hardy to at least the mid-20s so it will do well in most San Diego yards. The hummingbirds also like this.