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Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'

Mexican Bush Sage, Velvet Sage

Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

SALVIA

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 leucantha

Vigorous, upright, velvety plant to 3–4 ft. tall, 3–6 ft. or more wide; sprawls in bloom. Lance-shaped to linear, 5–6-in.-long leaves are dark grayish green above, whitish below. Stems to 1 ft. long bear whorls of 3/4–1 1/4-in. white flowers with purple calyxes. Bloom period runs from fall through spring in mildwinter areas, stops with frost in colder climates.

'Santa Barbara'

‘Santa Barbara’ hasflowers similar to 'Midnight' but is a compactgrower to just 2 1/2 ft. high and3–4 ft. wide.

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