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Q.Is Butterfly Sage A Ground Cover Plant, Or Not?

Zone 32609 | Anonymous added on October 21, 2022 | Answered

I ran a search on your site for “Butterfly Friendly Ground Cover, Zone 9.” ( https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/search?q=ButterflyFriendlyGroundCoverzone9 ) Among the listings was Butterfly Sage, which appealed to me because, it appears, most of the ground cover plants listed said nothing about attracting butterflies, even though the search engine listed them. However, when I went to your site using a second tab in my browser, and looked up Butterfly Sage, the description DID NOT fit the ground cover category at all. On your own site, it stated, “Butterfly sage plants are multi-stemmed shrubs that grow to a height and spread of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 m.)!!” It seems to me that a 6 ft shrub IS NOT a ground cover plant. Am I misunderstanding the definition of “ground cover plants,” or is your search engine just not very accurate? P.S. Having just filled out the remaining part of this page, I see the question, “Where should we send your question?” I do not understand, I am sending the question to you. As the choices offered are to “send it” to your site (??) or, the other choice being, “Send private email.” Along with the odd question, the choices lead to me to wonder if you meant to ask, Where should we send the response? Could it be that english is not your primary language?

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Answered on October 26, 2022

You are correct. Butterfly sage, which can grow 8 feet or more, should not be listed with zone 9 groundcovers. I have forwarded your question to the editors.

Regarding where to send the email, that is asking if you want your question addressed publicly on our questions website or privately, via email.

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