A woody, evergreen shrub with violet-blue blooms, upright and a graceful habit. It’s a dependable nectar supply that attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects. When partial dry the leaves emit a pleasant fragrance. The specific epithet melissodora comes from two Greeks words, melissa meaning honeybee and odora meaning fragrant. Melissa is also the name of a Cretan nymph who discovered how to collect honey.
Good garden soil or sandy loam, humus and lime are helpful. The plant produces flowers its first year and grows rapidly, attaining full size in its second year. Adored by hummingbirds and butterflies but usually ignored by deer. Deadheading will promote flower production, pruning and pinching back to encourage new growth. A beautiful salvia to grow in mass planting or use as a border plant. It’s been a non stop bloomer for us in zone 8 from mid summer and still blooming in January.
Yearly Foliage: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 8-10
Light: Full Sun – light shade
Mature Growth: 6-8 feet high – 4-6 feet wide
Soil: Average, sandy loam, well drained
Blooms: Mid summer into early winter
Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Hummingbirds