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Autumn sage

Salvia greggii

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This native of Texas and Mexico has a woody base and can form a dwarf, evergreen shrub, 1 foot tall by 1 foot wide. It has small, leathery leaves and bears bright flowers in shades of pink, purple, or yellow from early summer to frost.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSalvia are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. The flowers are made up of two lips: the upper one forms a hood over whiskery stamens and the lower lip, which itself is wide and toothed. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 

CareProvide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

PropagationSow seed, or divide plants, in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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