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Salvia engelmannii Gray
Engelmann's sage, Engelmann’s salvia
USDA Symbol: saen2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Engelmanns sage is a 1-1 1/2 ft compact mound of velvety, narrow leaves and showy flower spikes. Pale lavender, tubular flowers occur on 4-6 in. spikes.
The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
0.5-1.5 feet Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
TX Native Distribution:
C. TX Native Habitat: Endemic
to the limestone hills of c. TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Engelmanns sage is similar to Texas sage, but has pale-blue flowers, a shorter bloom period, and grows to a slightly larger size. When evidence of new growth emerges at the plants base, cut back old stems. Provide good drainage.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Rock gardens, Shortgrass meadow Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies , Hummingbirds Deer Resistant:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by divisions, rooted sections, or seeds.
Seed Collection: Collect the seeds as the capsules begin to dry but before they have dropped the seeds. Spread seeds in thin layers to dry a few days before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Generally, a cold-moist stratification period is required for germination of Salvia seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0510
Collected Apr 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-211
Collected 2008-07-17 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff