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Mexican Sage Bush or Salvia leucantha is a subshrub which spreads to form large clumps of arching white and wooly stems.  Of the family Labiatae it is a native of Mexico.

Salvia leucantha

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Mexican Bush Sage

Botanical Name:  Salvia leucantha

Family:  Labiatae

Plant Type:  Spreading subshrub

Origin: Mexico

Zones: 9 - 10

Height:  2'-3'

Rate of Growth: Fast

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Well-drained soil

Water Requirements: Drought tolerant

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Arching subshrub

Leaves:  2"-6" linear lanceolate, aromatic;  pinch young plants to promote fullness

Flowers:  Long, slender spikes of lavender or white flowers, cut out old stems after flowering

Fruits: None

Pests:  Few

Uses:  Border shrub

Bad Habits: None

Cost:  $ -- very reasonable

Propagation:   Seeds and cuttings

Sources:   Perennials for American Gardens

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