|Salvia 'Mesa Azure' seated next to Lomandra, Coprosma and Gaillardia in the front yard|
I added another plant, purchased with a tag labeling it a "California friendly plant," in early June of this year. Despite my reduced watering schedule, it settled in just fine in the backyard border.
|Salvia 'Mesa Azure' shortly after planting in the backyard border in June 2014|
The foliage is evergreen. The flowers are relatively small and, despite its name, they're more violet-lavender, than blue.
A perennial shrub in my USDA zone 10b garden, I cut it back once a year when it stops flowering. It's reported to grow 18-24 inches (45-61 cm) tall and almost as wide. My oldest plants are just under 18 inches (45 cm) tall. It can be grown in full sun or light shade. My plants all get some shade until late morning or mid-day, after which they receive full sun.
If you're looking for a long-blooming, drought tolerant plant, this is one I'd recommend you try. Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure' is my contribution to Loree's favorite plant of the week meme at danger garden.
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