Maybe one of the most attractive salvias, Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is prized by gardeners for its ornamental and showy velvety flower spikes produced from late summer to first frost, when other summer plants have given hope of doing anything productive.
- This evergreen shrubby perennial typically grows 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm) in a wonderful display of very attractive, bicolor flowers consisting of soft purple sepals that create a lively contrast to the fuzzy white flowers. They rise in dense, arching spikes above the lance-shaped leaves, which are gray-green leaves on top and fuzzy white underneath.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1993)
- Easy to grow, it thrives in full sun (but tolerates part shade) in average to rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils.
- Perfectly suited for beds, borders or containers. Outstanding as cut flowers.
- Loved by butterflies and hummingbirds but ignored by deer and rabbits!
- Drought tolerant but does best with regular moisture.
- Requires minimal care once established.
- Cut old foliage to the ground in early spring