Mexican Sage

26 Feb

Mexican Sage (Salvia leucantha), fast growth to 3-4 ft., long fuzzy spikes of purple flowers, long blooming, full sun to part shade, deer resistant, drought tolerant, easy.

All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia leucantha is an outstanding plant for the Bay Area. Vigorous, upright, velvety plant to 3–4 ft. tall, 3–6 ft. or more wide; sprawls in bloom. Lance-shaped to linear, 5–6-in.-long leaves are dark grayish green above, whitish below. Stems to 1 ft. long bear whorls of 3/4–1 1/4-in. white flowers with purple calyxes. Blooms nearly all year if located in a sunny spot, but tolerates shade well.

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