Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free regions.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and wide.
Flowers: Similar to S. greggii in shape. Variable color, often
red and white, or solid red or white, depending on nighttime temperature
when flower buds are developing. Some cultivars are solid red.
Bloom: Fall, heaviest in winter, sporadically throughout spring.
Fruit: Up to four tiny seeds at the base of each dried calyx (cup-like
structure that holds the flower and ovary).
Leaves: Green, almost triangular, toothed edges unless a cultivar,
edible, with a fragrance of black currents.
Stems: No thorns, herbaceous.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Arizona and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones:
9-10. This plant si killed to the ground by hard freezes.
Yes, in part shade.
One-quarter to three-quarters shade. Avoid full sun and
Water once established:
Once or twice a month in part shade.
Weekly in nearly full sun.
Well drained, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline).
After last frost, or early winter in frost-free zones.
Low except for winter cleanup.
Ornamental, butterfly and hummingbird garden, flavoring in tea. For other culinary mint
plants, see Low Water Culinary Herbs
This plant is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae). Another common name is Baby Sage. This plant
easily cross-pollinates with other salvias, especially Salvia greggii, making identification difficult.
The two-tone flowers belong to the cultivar 'Hot Lips'. The butterfly is a Gulf Fritillary.
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