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Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage)

Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage, Gregg Salvia

Salvia greggii, Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage, Gregg Salvia, Native Sage

A hummingbird magnet, Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage) is a bushy sub-shrub boasting brilliant racemes of usually red, two-lipped flowers, but the flowers may also appear purple, pink, yellow, or violet. Blooming from spring to frost, the flowers bloom in whorls above the minty aromatic foliage of small, ovate, downy, green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). Flowering tends to decrease in the heat of summer, but perks up in the fall. The blossoms are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Native to Texas and Mexico, Salvia greggii is a popular landscape plant thanks to its heat, humidity, and drought tolerance. It is also valued for its nearly evergreen habit (evergreen in warmer climates), its colorful and long-lasting blooms, and as a magnet for hummingbirds. A great small flowering shrub in a perennial border or as a low hedge.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in light, moderately fertile, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established. Needs a sheltered position.
  • Easy to grow, and fairly disease free, it is deer resistant. Keep an eye out for leafhoppers, slugs, and snails, or rosemary beetle.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. Blooms on the previous or current year’s growth. Needs little pruning. Prune lightly removing unsightly shoots as required.
  • Propagate by basal cuttings or softwood cuttings in spring or early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn with bottom heat.
  • Native to Texas, Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Sage, Autumn Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Sage, Autumn Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden
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