Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free regions.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and wide.
Flowers: Red to pink to white depending on cultivar, similar to Salvia greggii
in shape. The cultivar 'Hot Lips' will be red, red and white, or white, depending
on the temperature during flower bud formation. High temperatures result in 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, edible, aromatic.
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 is killed to the ground by hard freezes.
Yes, in part shade.
One-quarter to three-quarters shade. Avoid full sun and full shade.
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. For 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
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