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Regional Picks: Hot-Colored Plants – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 164

 1. Darcy’s Mexican Sage

Name: Salvia darcyi

USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 10

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

This herbaceous sage with bright, coral red blooms has many qualities that make it a must-have. It blooms from midspring to fall, and if you have a large area to fill, this plant can do it relatively quickly yet not aggressively. I can, in fact, pull it out by its roots with just a light pull of the stem if it gets out of bounds, and I’ve never known it to choke out anything near it. Darcy’s Mexican sage does not need much water nor does it require perfect drainage. This allows it to be mixed with plants that vary in their moisture needs. Hummingbirds seem to be the only thing that likes this plant more than gardeners.


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