Mexican bush sage

Salvia leucantha

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)
SAL-vee-ah lew-KAN-thah
Genus:  Salvia
This downy, bushy, evergreen subshrub produces white or purple flowers clasped by soft purple calyces from late summer to frost. It grows 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide, and is great for the border. Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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