Mrs. Beard sage

Salvia ‘Mrs. Beard’


This is a vigorous and low growing ground cover reaching 18-24 in. high and spreading 4-6 ft. across. Medium green foliage is comprised of 2-3 in. long leaves that are heavily pungent when cut or crushed. Numerous spikes of pale blue flowers occur in early to mid spring for pleasing accent value.

Mrs. Beard sage is a successful cultivar resulting from the hybridization of Salvia mellifera and Salvia sonomensis It is proving to be a reliable ground cover choice for sunny banks and slopes in Mediterranean and California native garden plantings. It prefers well-drained soils, little supplemental water and shows reliable tolerance to temperatures to 15°F.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Robust
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green, Gray green
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Banks, Attracts bees, Attracts butterflies
Height: 18 in. – 24 in.
Width: 4 ft. – 6 ft.