Salvia reptans

West Texas Grass Sage

 
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West Texas Grass Sage is an amazing plant originally collected from the mountains of West TX. Blooming in early fall with hundreds of cobalt blue flowers, this xeric species is very cold hardy and a hummingbird favorite. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84791P

Details

36-48" tall x 15-18" wide (seed/cutting propagated). An amazing native sage originally collected in the Davis Mountains of west Texas by plantsman Pat McNeal. The stiff stems have fine-textured foliage that gives the plant a wonderful grassy appearance. But come late summer, the numerous cobalt blue flowers remind you that it is a very special flowering sage. The foliage is pungently scented and resists browsing animals. Nice with Zauschneria arizonica.
SKU 84791P
Common Name West Texas Grass Sage
Botanical Name Salvia reptans
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Ideal Region Coastal California, Hot Desert, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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4.2

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88%

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Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

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3.0

Recd last Sept. and hasn't yet bloomed. Hopefully this fall

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from Calaveras County, CA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Slow Grower
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Xeroscape Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

    We live in a hot, dry climate in the Western Sierra Nevada, an area of severe drought for the past 4 years. The plant has remained only about 6" tall but is still alive. Hopefully, it soon will get larger and will bloom this fall.

    I have only had this plant for 8 months so am unable to say yet whether I would recommend this to a friend.

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    5.0

    This plant is beautiful AND SO FAR, meets survival criteria

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    from Sandia, Texas

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

    • So Far So Good

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

    I planted it. It grew - so far it is still alive. It is pretty.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blue Beauty

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    from Fort Worth, Tx

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    • Attractive
    • Hardy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

        I planted this in my rock garden. it is doing so well, survived a north texas summer. very lovely plant delicate looking stems with vibrant blue flowers. i absolutely love it.

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        5.0

        Salvia Reptans

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        from southern Indiana

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

          Over the past two years I have ordered several Salvia reptans. I just love it! It is, as described, a dark cobalt blue. It blooms in late August or early September when many flowers have finished their bloom time and it's color makes a good contrast to flowers which are blooming at this time. The linear foliage makes it a good "see through" plant and, despite it being tall, it can be placed in the front or middle of a bed to make for an interesting flow.

          My orders have come at the time specified, the plants have been healthy and well packed, and so have arrived in good condition.

          The only negative I can come up with is that the flowers are small, but numerous, and so you may need a good many plants to make a good show. For this reason I will be ordering more over the next several years to increase their presence.

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          4.0

          Tall and very blue flowers

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          from Boise, ID

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

              I purchased one in 2015 and wasn't sure if it would grow very tall the first year. I was shocked at how quickly it reached five feet tall! And the blue flowers are dazzling. Next season, I'll try caging it a bit so that I can be sure it grows up tall without encroaching my other plants.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              May look better next year

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              from Prescott, AZ

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                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

                This would look better planted between or behind something bushy that would support it. It is very tall for its weight, & it flops over readily.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Stunning color

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                from Wichita County, Texas

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                • Attractive
                • Hardy

                Cons

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

                  The color appears as intense and blue in person as it does on my computer screen. Absolutely gorgeous plant with nice contrast of line from more florid, flouncy specimens. After a bit of hand-watering when I first planted this in November, I never watered it again and it is thriving. I live in region 7.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Salvia reptans

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                  from Bloomington Indiana

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                  • I Have No "con" For This

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                  • Garden

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

                  About two years ago I bought a Salvia Reptans from High Country Gardens. it came at the time requested and was in wonderful shape for planting.

                  I planted it in a bed which already had several varieties of salvias. When it bloomed for me it certainly was a vibrant cobalt blue as described in the catalog. The needle like foliage is attractive through the spring and summer and is greatly enhanced by the flowers blooming in the fall. It's is wonderful to have a fall blooming salvia to extend the beauty of the spring bloomers. It has come through two exceptionally long cold winters with flying colors. An added attraction is that the visiting deer, of which I have way too many, give it a wide berth and so I get to enjoy it throughout it's life cycle without worrying about fencing or spraying.

                  Since that time I have ordered several more so as to have a full and floriferous patch of blue to steal the autumn show.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Beautiful late season color; hardy

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                  from Boulder, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Bloomed First Season
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                  • Easily Broken By Deer

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:

                  My growing conditions are harsh: high, dry winds; high heat; possible heavy snow; clay, rocky soil. Also have many browsers - deer, rabbit. This plant did very well in these conditions. The blue color is stunning.

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                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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