Salvia pachyphylla is a small, compact shrub native to dry, high altitude rocky slopes (1500-3000 m) in the southwestern United States (California, Nevada, Arizona) that blooms from July to September with dense clusters of mauve-blue flowers. Rubbing its evergreen silver-grey foliage secretes a highly aromatic oil with medicinal properties known to local indigenous peoples in America. Height: 30 - 35 cm.
Salvia pachyphylla is suitable for growing in a dry garden (xerophyte plant), in the sun or under a light shade under conifers (pine, juniper), evergreen hardwood (green oak) and is resistant to negative temperatures if placed in a dry situation. It is a great decorative element for a rock garden, scree or rockfill.
Grow in soil that is dry, predominantly sandy or stony, poor to moderately fertile and slightly acidic to alkaline. Slow growing. Avoid good garden soil!
If you grow it in pots or troughs, we recommend the following mixture: 3/5 drainage elements (2-5mm coarse sand), 1/5 garden soil, 1/5 horticultural compost.
Photo credit: Wikimedia (Dick Culbert, Gibsons, B.C., Canada)
- 0,4L pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 8-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: pink
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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