Salvia leucanthus – Mexican bush sage

Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) is a beautiful, hardy plant for Alta California.

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.

Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

Propagation: Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.



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Genus: Salvia


Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.

Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.

Growth Habit Clumps

Growth Pace Fast Grower

Light Full Sun to Part Shade

Moisture Medium Moisture

Maintenance Low

Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Flowers

Bloom Time Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer

Flower Color Purple/Lavender Flower, White Flower

Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual

Style Cottage Garden

Seasonal Interest Spring Interest

Tolerance Drought Tolerant

Type Perennials

Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

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