Botanical Name: Salvia chamaedryoides
Common Name: Germander Sage  
Plant photo of: Salvia chamaedryoides
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: El Nativo
  • Description

  • Notes

This low mounding perennial with a long bloom period, spreads by underground runners. It produces a small, silvery foliage which serves as a background for bright blue flowers. Bruised leaves have a spicy fragrance. Germander Sage reaches 2' tall and wide. Heaviest blooms are in spring and early fall, but intermittent throughout the year. It requires full sun, well draining soil and is drought tolerant once it's established. Do not fertilize.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.