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Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Fuchsia (Red-Purple) Red Scarlet (Dark Red) Coral/Apricot Violet/Lavender Purple Maroon (Purple-Brown) White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From softwood cuttings From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I live in the St. Louis, MO region (6a) and have owned this plant for many years. When I moved 6 years ago I moved a plant that had already lived in my former back yard for at least 3 years. I have a newer plant in an area which gets all day sun but is not protected from northern winds in the winter. It has come back 2 years now. Never watered during our 12 days of over 100 degree temps and no rain; it still lives. Very long blooming. Attracts hummingbirds (red variety that is) and butterflies. Doesn't seem to be fussy about soil quality.
On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:
Self sows freely here . Hummingbirds love them . I have about every color out there and a few that I have pollinated myself to create new color variations . a fun plant that deer avoid . and always has a hummingbird or butterfly visiting .
On Nov 10, 2011, mcvirginia from Arlington, VA wrote:
Salvia greggii looks like it dies back to "sticks" in the Arlington, VA winter, but it really acts like a deciduous perennial. It has come back strongly for three years. Requires some cutting back before it leafs out.
I planted a small autumn sage last spring, and it has performed beautifully . It bloomed throughout the summer of 2010, even surviving our week long heat wave of 103degree days scorching everything else. I love this plant. Now to my surprise, it has already started another beautiful bloom surge, even in early March!
Salvia greggii is pretty foolproof in Southern California. I cut my plants back by about 30 percent in December (our rainy season) to keep them compact. Nevertheless, they tend to get woody and unproductive after a few years and are best replaced. Cuttings root easily and plants grow quickly.
On Sep 22, 2010, xeriman from Farmington, NM wrote:
Cherry sage has been surviving pretty well under xeric conditions (about 3 to 5 gallons of water per week) here in northwestern New Mexico (USDA zone 6B; Sunset zone 3A) at an elevation above 5000' but it dies back to ground in most winters. Consequently, I've not seen plants reach the 3 to 4 feet height reported from more southern climes. It is used extensively in local urban landscapes here.
On May 9, 2010, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:
Here in OKC this plant seems to be doing extremely well in my garden and in the gardens of others. I have three, two in full sun on the south side of my house and one on the north side in afternoon only sun. The one on the north side suffered damage from our unusually harsh winter and an enthusiastic large dog, but it is coming back slowly. All have excellent drainage.
It is difficult to raise many plants in western exposures in OKC because the heat and dry southerly winds in midsummer are so intense. However, the various sages, many prairie types of plants (cone flower, coreopsis, Black Eyed Susans, etc.), several types of ornamental grasses, yaupon holly, yucca, and sedum do fine. Some varieties of Mediterranean plants--oregano, rosemary, and lavender--can be grown here but all need excellent drainage. Knockout roses are much appreciated here as well!
I had been told that Pink Preference Autumn Sage is the most reliable in terms of surviving winter, but customers in the nursery where I work say other colors are surviving just fine as well.
I think the key with all good xeriscaping plants is good drainage. Unamended clay on a flat surface holds water. Poor drainage, especially in winter, is a killer.
On Feb 21, 2010, tulpen from Los Angeles, CA wrote:
A favorite for all the reasons already stated. Question: should I fertile/ add some cow manure to soil to enhance more flowers??? Usually when plants flower a lot they also require "food." Thanks! Susan
On May 20, 2009, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I LOVE this plant! So do the hummers! One of the specimens is growing on an exposed slope on the northwest side of my house in somewhat amended clay. It grows in well-drained clay! It has become a shrub, probably around 4 ft square. It starts flowering in early April and doesn't quit till frost. Doesn't blink at our heat and humidity and gets full sun all day.
'Flame' cultivar performed so well in my western garden that I purchased the 'rose pink' cultivar for my eastern garden to replace a nuisance 'black-and-blue sage'. 'flame' has handled a late frost, a severe hail storm and the Texas heat amazingly. 'flame' is more like a hot-pink (purplish base tint) color while the 'rose pink' appears to have more of a salmon pink color to me. Both are beautiful with many flowers on the 2-3' stalks. 'flame' lost a few leaves during winter but bushed out quickly in spring heat. Both are used as short hedges against the house in my gardens. Hummingbirds like these too!
This was one of the loveliest sages in our garden last summer, and it never noticed it was flowering in awful heat & humidity - just bloomed and bloomed in partial shade for the amusement of hummingbirds till frost.
I recently received a pack of mixed Salvia greggii seeds from the North American Rock Garden Society
1) Sow at 70*F with seeds wrapped in barely moist coffee filter inside baggy. Germination occurred in 10 - 20 days.
2) Regarding the Salvia genus in general, DG Annette68 said, "It is very true about surface sowing salvia seeds, they need light to germinate, they have to be surface sown."
On May 22, 2006, whiskgar from Baltimore, MD wrote:
I found "Hot Lips" and "Maraschino" autumn sage last year at our local arboretum's plant sale. It does NOT need full sun in this hot, very humid climate. I planted them under a dogwood so that they got afternoon filtered sunlight and they went to town & bloomed vigorously all summer on 36-inch gracefully arching stems. Unfortunately, the nurseries around here don't know this plant. I'm trying to spread the word.
On Jun 28, 2005, Rocco from Tulsa, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have a salvia greggii that is about three years old growing in Tulsa,OK. It has been blooming since earlier this year and will bloom until fall. I took cuttings this past spring. I placed them in styrofoam cups with potting soil. They are now about twelve inches tall and ready to be transplanted. The plant is easily propagated from cuttings.
On Jun 28, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Blooms year-round. Produces seed but I have never had it self-sow. A friend of mine in Tucson says his self-sow all of the time. I think the difference is in our watering practices. He waters briefly every day and I water for a long time once a week or every other week.
Tough to grow at 7000' in New Mexico (10" average annual rainfall). Dies back to the ground every winter, 50% of new plantings die every year. Beautiful plant, hummingbirds love it, but the mountains are tough on it. Mine have never set seed, I readily propagate via softwood cuttings. Still looking for altitude-adapted cultivar.
On May 4, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I totally agree with all the good reports on this plant and I find it extremely easy to propagate. The hummingbirds and butterflies are crazy about the flowers and bring us a lot of joy.
Salvia gregii is Endemic to Texas.
On Oct 9, 2003, jnurlv1 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:
I had no knowledge of the plant name or habitat when I obtained it. Therefore, I planted it in a half sun location since Florida sun is more excruciating to plants than other areas. It proved successful, and has gone from a small 6 inch twig to just shy of 5ft tall by 3 1/2 ft wide beauty. I have it in rich black soil that's heavily mulched. I have easily propagated it by snapping branches and replanting them in like soil and keeping them in shady areas for a couple of weeks. I found the name from a neighborhood nursery that had some in the red (mine is pink) and from there have added the reds to my garden. I love it and nicknamed it my fairy bush.
On Aug 14, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
For hot, dry, sunny areas, it is one of the toughest, most beautiful performers. It blooms from March till frost with the most prolific blooming in spring and fall. Cut it back by half twice a year (mid February and mid June) to keep it low growing and dense. It is one of the most frequently planted native Texas plants. Preferring full sun, it does not bloom as well in partial or filtered shade and becomes leggy. Light green leaves indicate a need for fertilizer. Hummingbirds love this plant. Pull off a bloom and suck the nectar and you will see why they do!
On May 26, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
In February when I had cabin fever, I saw a beautiful specimen in full bloom at a garden center. To the side were some non-blooming identical plants, so I bought two non-blooming ones instead of one blooming plant..I set them out immediately and within one week both were blooming. They are very happily blooming away and have only been watered by occasional rain showers. The hummingbirds love this plant, the redder the flowers, the better. It is very enjoyable to walk by and see the cheerful tubular blooms.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Chandler, Arizona East Sahuarita, Arizona Green Valley, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Picture Rocks, Arizona (2 reports) Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona Yuma, Arizona , California Castro Valley, California Glen Avon, California Los Angeles, California Palm Springs, California Redding, California Reedley, California Ridgecrest, California Rohnert Park, California Roseville, California Sacramento, California San Anselmo, California Santa Ana, California Arden, Delaware Belleair Bluffs, Florida Cheval, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Ocala, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pensacola, Florida Quincy, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Trenton, Florida Douglas, Georgia Flemington, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Suwanee, Georgia Derby, Kansas Independence, Kansas Ewing, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Coushatta, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Scott, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Baltimore, Maryland Ellicott City, Maryland Gulf Hills, Mississippi Henderson, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports) Albuquerque, New Mexico (2 reports) El Paso, New Mexico Ojo Amarillo, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Gorman, North Carolina Holly Springs, North Carolina Oak Island, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Enid, Oklahoma Harrah, Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma Grants Pass, Oregon Rockwood, Tennessee Abilene, Texas (2 reports) Alice, Texas (2 reports) Austin, Texas (5 reports) Belton, Texas Blue Mound, Texas Brady, Texas Brownsville, Texas Bulverde, Texas Camp Wood, Texas Carrollton, Texas Copper Canyon, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Crawford, Texas Dallas, Texas (2 reports) Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Edinburg, Texas Elgin, Texas Farmers Branch, Texas Fate, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Georgetown, Texas Glenn Heights, Texas Haltom City, Texas Houston, Texas Hudson Oaks, Texas Irving, Texas Lake Worth, Texas Lincoln, Texas Mckinney, Texas Odessa, Texas Plano, Texas Rowlett, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Southlake, Texas Sugar Land, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Temple, Texas Volente, Texas Von Ormy, Texas Wells Branch, Texas Farr West, Utah Arlington, Virginia Kalama, Washington Seattle, Washington