Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)
Description: A red-flowered, hirsute, perennial salvia that grows from 1 to 2 feet tall, with rounded, scalloped leaves, Salvia roemeriana is adapted to grow in the shade and leaf mulch of Juniperus species, especially Juniperus ashei (Ashe Juniper). The leaves are normally 1 to 2 inches wide, and flowers are 1 to 1.5 inches long on 2 to 3-inch racemes, appearing from spring through summer.
One of several plants that have evolved to grow in the shade and leaf mulch of junipers, Salvia roemeriana makes a fine plant for the well-drained shade garden. Its scalloped, rounded leaves and crimson blooms are as eye-catching in pots as they are against the limestone outcrops of its native habitat.
Synonym(s): Salvia roemeriana Scheele
USDA Symbol: SARO3
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom Color: Red, Purple, Pink
Bloom Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Notes: Has a hard time perpetuating itself under deciduous hardwoods, as the large leaves on the ground will block the emergence of seedlings and of the new year’s growth. It really is adapted to live under junipers/cedars. If you do plant them in areas with large, fallen leaves, keep leaves cleared from areas you want the plant to naturalize in. Also, it can become stressed and stunted in continuous full sun, so plant in dappled shade.