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West Indian sage
Salvia occidentalis
Lamiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Although West Indian sage can be used to cover ground, it is weedy in nature and must be monitored.
Availability:
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower, usually creeping along the ground.
Dimensions:
Less than 6 inches.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Miami-Dade and Collier counties north to Palm Beach and Lee Counties, mostly within 30 miles of the coast; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Disturbed uplands and (rarely) hammock edges.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
Blue.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous nutlet.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from cuttings.
Comments:
This is commonly weedy and must be closely watched.


 


Roger L. Hammer