Salvia misella

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Southern River Sage, Creeping Sage


Also known as Salvia riparia

Plant Specifics

Size:0.5-0.8 ft tall by 3-5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Used as a ground cover, one of the relatively few Florida plants that both forms a low dense cover and survives shade.
Considerations:Depending on site, this plant may spread more than preferred, but easy to pull up if it is not wanted
Propagation:Easily propagated by dividing the root ball, but will also grow from seed
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic to slightly calcareous



  • Larval host for Fulvous Hairstreak.
  • Attracts pollinators

Native Habitats:

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Depending on cold, this may keep its leaves all year or die back during the winter. In colder areas, consider growing it as an annual. It adapts well to semi-shady to shady well-drained conditions.

Herbarium specimens from Marion and Alachua counties were in disturbed "garden" localities - not mapped here.  Not planted, but highly unlikely to have appeared other than through human disturbance.