File:Salvia columbariae 2003-04-11.jpg Habit of Salvia columbariae, Cholla Campground, Tonto National Forest, Arizona.
Common Name Chia
Latin Name Salvia columbariae
Native Habitat Southwestern deserts
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, clay loam, low organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month depending on soil
Height X Width Maximum 2 feet, only a few inches in natural habitat
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Bipinnately compound, 1-3in long, gray-green
Garden Suitability Songbird, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Light blue flowers March through June
Nature Value Flowers used by butterflies and bees
Native American Uses Seeds eaten and made into a drink, medicinal
Links  
    Nursery, images and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/608.htm
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_columbariae
    Images and data http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/Plants%20of%20Upper%20Newport%20Bay%20(Robert%20De%20Ruff)Lamiaceae/Salvia%20columbariae.htm
    Images http://www.mojavenp.org/salvia_columbariae_mojave_national_preserve.htm
    Images http://www.coestatepark.com/salvia_columbariae_coe.htm
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SACO6
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