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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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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This plant appears delicate but it is very hardy. It survives Kansas winters and hot summers. I purchased one just to see how it would do. It probably took about two years to...Read complete review
This plant appears delicate but it is very hardy. It survives Kansas winters and hot summers. I purchased one just to see how it would do. It probably took about two years to fully mature but much to my surprise it was sprouting up new plants close by and a few feet away. So I dig them up and move them and they do really well being transplanted. I would recommend that you water it to get it established when you first plant it. I only water it when it looks a little wilted and with very little water it bounces right back. I planted the original one facing Southwest and I did place a small trellis behind it. I tell everyone about this plant, just love it's delicate flowers and feathery leaves. It does bloom late summer early fall.
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May look better next year
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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
nice plant to fill a role
from Vancouver, WA
Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans:
Got a few of these this spring for my hummingbird garden. I was pretty down on them since they bloomed very late, late Sept here in Portland, OR area. But they look pretty good now that they are in bloom. And I would expect the will bloom earlier once established, although I would guess they will always be somewhat of a late bloomer. But in part of my hummingbird garden I have planted Zauschnerias, which are also a late bloomer. It dawned on me that putting some of these mixed in with the zausches should be a very attractive look. So far I mostly have the UC Hybrid Zausch, which is an orange flower. The blue of these should look great based on the "complementary color" concept. I have also planted some new Zausches of the pink flowering variety, these should go just fine with the blue salvia flowers also. In addition, Zausches and these have fairly low watering requirements so they should be quite compatible in that respect also, since it makes watering easier if all the plants in a particular part of your yard have similar water requirements.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love this plant...The bees love it and I did buy it again.
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I planted these in the area in the driveway area. Very hardy plant in North Texas area and attracts pollinators.
a good surprise
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I always wonder when I order something that isn't labeled for the midwestern garden. Will this work? Will it live? Well, I was very happy when my salvia burst into the most beautiful blue that lasted for several weeks. The only recommendation I would have is to plant it in back of something that could prop it up a bit as it tends to bend over.
from portland, oregon
These took a very long time to bloom, and in the meantime, the green stalk/leaf part grew very tall. They finally bloomed in the fall, and were lovely little blue blooms. Maybe as part of a cottage garden that needs blue accents and tall plants.
from North Central Kansas
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Recd last Sept. and hasn't yet bloomed. Hopefully this fall
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from Calaveras County, CA
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.
Merchant response: We sincerely apologize that the Salvia reptans did not meet your expectations. There can be many variables in gardening although we are committed to our customers success and stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
This plant is beautiful AND SO FAR, meets survival criteria
from Sandia, Texas
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I planted it. It grew - so far it is still alive. It is pretty.
from Fort Worth, Tx
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.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from southern Indiana
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.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Tall and very blue flowers
from Boise, ID
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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Prescott, AZ
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We certainly appreciate your feedback on the Salvia Reptans. This plant would be expected to grow to be 36-48" tall x 15-18" wide so your suggestion to plant behind other plants would be a great option. A suggested companion plant is Zauschneria arizonica. Any perennial plants such as this Salvia would be expected to reach maturity in the 2nd or 3rd year so it certainly may become more structurally sound when mature! Thank you again for your feedback and suggestions. Happy gardening!
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Wichita County, Texas
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.
from Bloomington Indiana
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.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful late season color; hardy
from Boulder, CO
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.
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.
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