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Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'

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Species Name: Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'
Common Name: Terra Seca Black Sage

Drought tolerant groundcover sage. Has deep green foliage and whitish-blue flowers. Will trail and cascade over walls. Performs well on slopes and in either full or partial sun. Recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Mounding, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden.
Natural Habitat: Coastal Bluffs

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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