Probably my favorite Salvia. I planted 3 of these about 18" apart in full sun 5 years ago and they produce a huge mass of purple blooms each fall. Pinching back in spring & summer helps keep them from getting leggy.
I have gown this plant in the coastal region of South Carolina. My mother gave me a cutting from the piedmont region of SC. I tried it in the mountains of western North Carolina and lost it the first winter. I now have a Russian sage which survived last winter. Plan to try the Mexican again.
Region: Pacific Northwest
I'm growing this plant for only the second time but already feel that it is a "have to have". I left the first one behind when we moved. There it did well in a part sun/part shade area though it grew slowly. It's sturdy yet refined with its soft gray green lanceolate leaves and arching branches. It has long whorls of flowers. I like the deep purple variety. It went well with dahlias and pink marguerite.
Region: Lower Plains
In the first part of the summer, the sage looks unremarkable because of the gray coloring, but it is AMAZING in August when it blooms. It's just beautiful and looks great for months. I leave it up all winter--even looks good after a frost. I live in the Dallas area, and it is perfect for our hot/humid summers.
Good flowers for drying. In Zone 7 it dies to the ground in fall but survives for a few years.
I grow it as an annual
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