Plant of the Month: Feb 2013


Mexican Blue Sage, Electric Blue Sage

Salvia chamaedryoides


  • Plant Form: Evergreen Perennial/ Small Shrub

    Mexican Blue Sage, a.k.a. Electric Blue Sage

    Mexican Blue Sage, a.k.a. Electric Blue Sage

  • Water Use: Low
  • Mature Size: 1’-2’ tall, 2’-3’ wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Feb – Oct; heaviest bloom Spring & Fall
  • Native to: Mexico
  • Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 10° F


Mexican Blue Sage is a fast-growing, low mounding perennial that spreads by underground runners. The small silvery-green foliage is a perfect backdrop for its electric blue flowers that are heaviest in the cooler spring and fall months.  Also known as Germander sage, this beautiful aromatic plant is one of the more petite sages that can be grown in containers. While fast growing, it lasts only a few years. Plant in well-drained soil (no fertilizer), and let the soil dry out between waterings, as it is sensitive to overwatering. Tuck this plant into rock gardens or dry borders, preferably close to living spaces. Trim off spent flower stalks to encourage continued blooming. Shear in winter to stimulate new lush growth and good flowering the next season. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this sage.