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Mexican bush sage

Salvia leucantha

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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. 

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

PropagationSow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.

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

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. CreativeNature 09/14/2015

    Hi! How far apart should I plant rooted cuttings? Thanks!

  2. user-7008016 04/08/2016

    My Salvia Leucantha (one year old) has yellowing on the tips of the new growth shoots. Is this a deficiency - no sign of spots, bugs, etc. and otherwise very healthy.

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