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Southern river sage, Creeping sage
Salvia misella
Lamiaceae
 

Copyright by: Jane E. Thompson, 2018
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes. Also a creeping groundcover in moist to relatively dry areas.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Primarily associated with disturbed uplands and can become weedy, but it is relatively easy to control.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488).

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower, usually creeping along the ground; dormant in the winter in the northernmost parts of its range.

Dimensions: About 3-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming large, open or dense patches several feet across.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Scattered from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Brevard, Marion, Alachua and Citrus counties, perhaps spreading north; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Disturbed uplands and (rarely) hammock edges, including shell mounds.

Soils: Moist to moderately dry, well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with or without 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. This has been reported as a possible larval host plant for the Fulvous hairstreak in Cuba (Fernández-Hernández 2007), along with other native sage (Salvia) species.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from cuttings, division or seed.


Copyright by: Jane E. Thompson, 2018
Cultivated plants, Palm Beach County. Expand

Copyright by: Jane E. Thompson, 2018
Cultivated plants, Palm Beach County.

Copyright by: Jane E. Thompson, 2018
Cultivated plants, Palm Beach County.

Copyright by: Jane E. Thompson, 2018
Cultivated plants, Palm Beach County.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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