History: Native to the steppes and hills of southwestern and central Asia. The species has a long history of use in traditional medicine in its native range, where it is employed as a treatment for a variety of ailments.
Characteristics: Perennial. Both the spiky clusters of flowers and foliage are fragrant. Makes a bold statement. Ideal for xeriscaping. Salvias are in the mint family, all of which have a characteristic square stem. Small shrub. Salt tolerant. Deer resistant.
Planting / Care: Grows well in sand, loam, clay and caliche. Medium water requirement. Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best in sandy or rocky soils with sharp drainage. Appreciates some part afternoon shade in hot summer. Shaded locations may cause the plants to sprawl. Propagate by division of the clumps or by cuttings. Division every couple of years reinvigorates the plant.