Wild Watermelon Salvia Flowers Salvia microphylla
Common Name Baby Sage, Cherry Sage, Wild Watermelon Sage, Blackcurrant Sage, Delta Sage
Latin Name Salvia microphylla
Family Lamiaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 8-9, 14-24, 27-30 / 9-11
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Chihuahua Desert, Mexico
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet X 4 feet, usually 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Aromatic oils discourage browsers
Leaves Evergreen, small green
Flowers Pink to red flowers, mid-summer to mid-fall
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance None
Propagation Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, container, rock garden, borders, low maintenance, foliage accent, parkways
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Butterfly
Nature Value Butterflies and bees, use flowers, attracts songbirds
Native American Uses Entire plant used for saging
    Images and data http://www.californiagardens.com/Plant_Pages/Salvia/salvia_microphylla.htm
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=8621
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Lamiaceae/Salvia_microphylla.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57961/
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_microphylla
    Images and data http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/plant_display.asp?prodid=1553
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Salvia+microphylla
    Images, data, and nursery http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=2455
    Images, data, and nursery http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/salmicrophyllawatermelon.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SAMI20