Salvia columbariae

Salvia columbariae

Chia sage

Native to Western U.S.A. Size varies from one to 24 inches depending on available moisture. Found in sage scrub and chaparral communities in dry open plains, hillsides and disturbed sites. Rapid emergence after a fire. Adapted to full sun, arid weather conditions, and coarse soil types. Found on sandy soils at 3,500 ft. or lower. Seeds used by Native Americans for beverages and poultice for healing wounds. Not palatable to livestock, no known value to wildlife.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 24 
in.
Life Form: 
Perennial
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
Low
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
- 4 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
42.50 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
428,650
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
Pale Blue
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer