Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana) in the Salvias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia mexicana Accepted
Salvia mexicana var. minor Synonym
Salvia mexicana var. major Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24-30 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana) was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 29, 2016.

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Comments:
Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 2:15 PM

"Salvia mexicana (Mexican sage) is a herbaceous shrubby perennial native to a wide area of central Mexico, growing at elevations from 2,600 to 8,500 feet. It grows in tropical areas in the south and arid subtropical habitats in the north, often at the edges of forests.

Salvia mexicana grows 3–9 feet tall and 3–4 feet wide in cultivation, with leaves ranging from mid-green and glabrous, to gray green with short hairs. The inflorescences also vary, in length and in size of flower. The color of flowers and calyces range from midnight-purple to purple-blue. The flowers bloom in late summer, in whorls that are produced abundantly for several months.

The earliest records of Salvia mexicana in horticulture are beginning in the 1970s at several botanical gardens. One popular cultivar is 'Limelight' (pictured at right), collected in the state of Querétaro, which has violet-blue flowers with large chartreuse-green calyces. 'Lollie Jackson' is a compact cultivar; 'Ocampo' is an upright cultivar growing to 7 feet—both are commonly sold in nurseries."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Seedling? by Danita Oct 9, 2015 4:39 AM 3
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Snowflake') by Marilyn May 19, 2018 6:39 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Variegated Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Kelsi') by Marilyn Mar 6, 2018 10:01 PM 3
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Ocampo') by Marilyn Oct 2, 2017 6:32 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Russell's Form') by Marilyn Sep 27, 2017 7:05 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Blue Senorita') by Marilyn Sep 26, 2017 6:36 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia mexicana 'Puerto de la Zorra') by Marilyn Sep 26, 2017 1:09 AM 1
Salvia of the Day: Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Lolly') by Marilyn Aug 30, 2017 7:35 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'Queretaro') by Marilyn Jan 22, 2017 8:59 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana) by Marilyn Oct 29, 2016 5:51 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mexican Sage (Salvia mexicana 'La Placita') by Marilyn Aug 8, 2016 12:58 AM 2

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