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Rock Sage, Greaseleaf Salvia
Salvia pinguifolia


Rock sage grows on the rocky limestone habitats of hillsides from 2000 feet to 7000 feet in extreme West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico. In late summer and fall small lavender flowers cover its branch tips. Its rounded, scalloped, aromatic leaves are described by some as feeling greasy, hence its other common name. As with most woody salvias, rock sage benefits from severe pruning in late winter with additional light trimming throughout the growing season to control its naturally brittle wood. It attracts bees and butterflies. Unfortunately it is seldom available commercially.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: purple, lavender

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: nutlets

Height: 3 to 5 feet

Width: 2 to 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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