Salvia sinaloensis (Sinaloan Blue Sage) is a compact herbaceous perennial sage that grows to 1 foot tall and as wide, spreading slowly by branches rooting above ground and stolons underground. The small, pleasantly aromatic leaves are lanced-shaped with toothed margins and tinted with purple-bronze when first emerging and even later when grown in bright light. In late spring through fall, on upright hairy dark reddish stems appear the small dark blue flowers with white linear spots on the lower lip. Though there is a hint of violet in the flower color, some consider this one of the "true blue" colored sages. The dark calyx remains an attractive feature even after the flowers are spent. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to light shade with the brightest light, which will bring out the best foliage color and flowering. However, it is also highly touted for its dependability in the shade.
This Salvia responds well to regular summer watering. Still, less water can be applied to established plants, particularly those growing in the shade. It can be temperamental in heavy soils if they remain wet in winter, so it is best to have good drainage and a raised planter in a container.
This plant comes from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where it is found growing in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental, and this location gives this plant its specific epithet.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11