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Eyelash Sage (Salvia blepharophylla)
Eyelash Sage (Salvia blepharophylla)

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Salvia blepharophylla

Eyelash Sage
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Perennials, Shrubs


All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia blepharophylla

To 1-1/2 –2 ft. tall, eyelash sage (Salvia blepharophylla) spreads indefinitely by creeping rhizomes. Thin, hairy, purplish stems; oval, glossy dark green leaves to 1-1/2 in. long, edged with fine hairs resembling eyelashes. Inch-long scarlet flowers on stems that lengthen to about 1 ft. as season goes on. Blooms from spring to frost, nearly all year in mild-winter climates. If confined, makes a good ground cover in partial shade.

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