Botanical Name: Salvia chamaedryoides
Common Name: Germander Sage  
Plant photo of: Salvia chamaedryoides
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Annual


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: El Nativo
  • Description

  • Notes

Germander sage is a mounding perennial native to the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains of Mexico, and growing about 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It has heavily textured grey green foliage and truly blue flowers that rise on spires in early summer and again, to a lesser extent, in the fall.
Grow in well drained, loamy soils in full sun. It is listed as being hardy to USDA Zone 7, so plant it where it will benefit from reflective heat in the winter. Though it may not be suited to the bench areas, it would be worth the gamble in a sunny valley garden. Shear in late winter to early spring. Drought tolerant once established.