General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 - 10 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season. In frost free climates, it will bloom fall into spring.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Forsythia Sage

Forsythia Sage (Salvia madrensis) was a featured
Plant of the Day for May 28, 2017.
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Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA (my garden)
Date: 2014-10-22

Date: 2009-10-03
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Date: 2021-12-20
Location: My greenhouse, Florida
Date: fall
perennial here, gets very tall, important late season butterfly a
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-11-18
Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA (my garden)
Date: 2014-10-22
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2013-03-09

Date: 2011-11-05
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2022-07-04
looking forward to the fall blooms!
Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA
Date: 2014-08-11
Location: In my garden
Date: 2011-10-15
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-11-18
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-11-18

Date: 2009-10-03

photo credit: Forest & Kim Starr
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2022-10-17
It's just starting to bloom
Location: Sumatera Indonesia
Date: 2018-02-04

Date: 2019-05-25

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
  • Uploaded by vic

Date: 2011-11-02

Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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Location: western Oregon
Date: 2017-05-20
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2013-10-25
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)
Date: October

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 11:40 PM concerning plant:
    "Salvia madrensis (Forsythia sage) is a yellow-flowered Salvia native to the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range in Mexico, growing at 4,000-5,000 elevation in warm, wet areas. The specific epithet "madrensis" refers to the high mountains where it grows.

    Salvia madrensis spends the first part of the growing season putting out 4-7 foot stems that are thick (2 inches) and square, with ridges on each corner emphasizing the squareness. The rough, heart-shaped spinach-green leaves are widely spaced on the stem, graduating in size from large at the bottom to smaller at the top, giving a lush covering to the plant. Numerous 12 inch inflorescences are covered with softly colored butter-yellow flowers held in whorls. The calyces are aromatic and covered with sticky glands. Blooming begins in late August, lasting until frost."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
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lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
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with heat mat under lights
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lovesblooms On May 11, 2015 Transplanted
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from ebay
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