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Salvia darcyi (Mexican sage)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia darcyi SAL-vee-ah DAR-see-eye Common Name: Mexican sage Synonyms: S. oresbia Genus: Salvia
From late spring to fall, this easy-going perennial bears deep orange-red flowers on 3- to 4-foot-tall spikes that rise above a loose, 6-foot-wide mound of heart-shaped, sticky leaves. The native habitat for this brightly colored salvia is a very limited area at an altitude of 9,000 feet in the narrow range of the Mexican Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.
Noteworthy characteristics: 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. Best when staked early in its growth.
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.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 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; Early Summer; Fall; Late Spring; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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