Salvia chamaedryoides

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Their suffix, oides, which is latin and taken from the Greek meaning, “having the likeness of” E. gentianoides “like the summit of a mountain or blue top”.

S. chamaedryoides means “like Teucrium chamaedrys” which explains its growth habit of shared running root stock.

Finding relationships for plant names is like solving a puzzle - would that be puzzleoides?

This lovely eighteen inch ground cover with velvety grey leaves and heart stopping blue flowers meanders wherever that there is open space. Most information claims a mounding habit to two feet and spreading four feet, but in the Botanical Gardens it cruises around in a delightful manner.

This high desert sage grows 7,000 – 8,000 feet in its native Sierra Madre Oriental range in Mexico, which is amazing since we are at sea level and moist either with summer fog or winter rain. This tough little plant defies its nature and seems to thrive in our Garden and blooms in the spring through fall with major flushes early summer and late autumn.

You can see this treasure along the north trail in the perennial garden or in the nursery where Janet can hardly keep it in stock.

Submitted by Lily Ricardi, Horticulturist/gardener