• Salvia greggii – Autumn Sage

    Posted on June 12, 2013 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives.

    Salvia greggii Red with Butterfly

    Salvia greggii, commonly known as Autumn Sage, is a small woody perennial that is often used commercially in Texas and is found in zones 5-9. This perennial can grow 2-3 feet tall and wide and is easy to grow as it is heat and drought tolerant and considered a native in North America. Salvia greggii grows best in full to partial sun, is best used as a color accent or bed border, and blooms from early summer to late fall. The best time to plant Salvia greggii is in early Spring so that roots will have time to grow before the heat of the summer, and you will benefit from its early summer blooms quickly. Red blooms attract Hummingbirds as well as other birds and butterflies, but is a great addition to a Hill Country landscape because it is deer resistant. As this perennial begins to die back in Winter, prune to a few inches off the ground. You can even prune mid-season to reduce this perennial’s shrub-like size.

     

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