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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.
Common Name: Mexican Bush Sage
Botanical Name: Salvia leucantha
Plant Type: Spreading subshrub
Zones: 9 - 10
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
Uses: Border shrub
Bad Habits: None
Cost: $ -- very reasonable
Propagation: Seeds and cuttings
Sources: Perennials for American Gardens
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