Germander Sage is mostly evergreen in mild winter climates but will drop some of its leaves in colder temperatures and become somewhat semi-deciduous. Hardy to 15°F, it can be grown in USDA zones 8-11.
Plant your Salvia chamaedryoides in a location that gets full sun in fast draining soil. In hotter, arid inland climates, provide some afternoon shade and occasional irrigation for best performance. Too much shade will alter the form and silvery leaf color by becoming more green and rangy.
Water your Germander sage regularly during the first few weeks after planting to help develop a strong root system, then reduce frequency and water as needed until it is fully established. Overwatering, especially during summer months, can lead to mortality. Drought tolerant once established.
Germander Sage may appear to wander in the landscape as the subterranean shoots slowly travel outward to form small clumps above ground. These clumps can easily be dug up and replanted in other locations. Refresh or replace your plants every two or three years.
Low maintenance, lightly prune in early spring. Remove spent flowers with hand pruners to promote repeat blooms. Prune more severely to minimize the woody appearance. To maintain spread in your garden, dig and remove any bonus plants to keep it under control. Do not fertilize.
Other common names for Salvia chamaedryoides include Mexican Blue Sage, Blue Oak Sage, or Silver Germander Sage.