Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucantha (lew-KAN-thuh) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Monroeville, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Union Grove, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Green Valley, Arizona

Kingman, Arizona

Charleston, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mountain View, Arkansas

Albany, California

Amesti, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Canoga Park, California

Cazadero, California

Clayton, California

Encinitas, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California

Fresno, California

Knights Landing, California

Long Beach, California (2 reports)

Los Angeles, California

Manteca, California

Merced, California

Moreno Valley, California

Mountain View Acres, California

Northridge, California (2 reports)

Oakland, California

Oakley, California

Oildale, California

Ontario, California

Palm Springs, California

Pomona, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Redwood City, California

Ridgecrest, California

Sacramento, California (2 reports)

San Anselmo, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Pablo, California

Santa Ana, California

Spring Valley, California

Ventura, California

Villa Park, California

Vista, California

Yucca Valley, California

Apopka, Florida

Belleview, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida (2 reports)

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Largo, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Pensacola, Florida (2 reports)

Pompano Beach, Florida

Quincy, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Ashburn, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Douglas, Georgia

Flowery Branch, Georgia

Nicholson, Georgia

Rincon, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Derby, Kansas

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Prospect, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Homer, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Florence, Mississippi

Petal, Mississippi

Raymond, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Pahrump, Nevada

Rodeo, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Averill Park, New York

Deposit, New York

Southold, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Milan, Ohio

Brookings, Oregon

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Manning, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Atlanta, Texas

Aubrey, Texas

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Brady, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

Cleburne, Texas

College Station, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Dallas, Texas (2 reports)

Deer Park, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Devine, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)

Georgetown, Texas

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

Humble, Texas

Irving, Texas (2 reports)

Kingsland, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

Portland, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Wells, Texas

Zapata, Texas

Dutton, Virginia

Gloucester, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Smithfield, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

14
positives
0
neutrals
2
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 10, 2012, arthurb3 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A beautifull plant. The flowers are fuzzy and I cannot resist touching them!

Positive

On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Grows huge every season. It dies back in the winter and rebounds nicely every year . Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers like a magnet .

Negative

On Nov 5, 2011, XemaSab from Redding, CA wrote:

I've tried it three times, and every time it just hasn't survived the winter. I don't know if the cold is killing it or if it's rotting out in our wet winters, but I've given up on it.

Positive

On Jul 8, 2011, 2QandLearn from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

When I was growing up, my Mom put a berm in the backyard, & among the plants she covered it with, was one of these. It was shaded in the morning by a Pomegranate tree, but it grew & flowered wonderfully. Mom always pruned it in what I thought an unusual way: When the main flower spike on the end of a stem was done flowering, she removed the ENTIRE stem all the way back to the main stem. When this was done regularly & consistently, a new stem would quickly grow & start flowering, & the ones cut off were even more quickly replaced by others that were just waiting their turns! I later tried allowing all the flowers on each stem their turn to develop, thinking they might all become large spikes like the main ones on the stem ends . . . but they ever did, and the plant quickly became rangy ... read more

Positive

On Nov 26, 2010, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is my absolute favorite salvia. Fuzzy flowers and leafs, and the pests leave it alone! I've had horrible mealy bug infestations in my garden on all my other salvias, but they don't touch this one. The hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and sphynx moths love it! It's been in bloom since spring and is still looking gorgeous in late November.

Positive

On Oct 2, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Gets woody at the base. I trim it in mid summer. It spreads and will take over a flower bed quickly. Blooms Oct-Nov zone 9a. Hummingbirds like it.

Positive

On Sep 14, 2009, sillybug5 from Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

A real knockout, graceful plant with furry looking amazing flowers, blooming at the end of the season. Hummers and butterflies are thrilled with it. Gorgeous!!!

Positive

On Oct 8, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've thise Salvia for several years now, its growth habit seems a bit of restraint. It's in full bloom this time of year. Although, classified as 7b. Sometimes, due to microclimate influences; many zone 8's plants proven to be adaptive here where I'm.

Positive

On Feb 7, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Last year for the first time growing it (the purple/white one and the all purple one). I had plants of the all purple one growing in the ground and in a pot. I had the purple/white one growing in a pot.

Love them both! Furry and you 'just want to touch them' each time you walk past them.

Seemed to me that the ones I had in the ground bloomed sooner than the ones I had in large 20" plastic containers on the patio (all of them were in full sun).

Blooms late in the season.

10/25/07:

The all purple variety is a big favorite of my husband! In 2006, I had two of the all purple Salvias growing in the ground next to the driveway and he really loved seeing them every day they were in bloom. I found a different spot, b... read more

Positive

On Jun 4, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a VERY hardy plant. After a year, it will spread by root. I had to dig it up and move it earlier in the spring, so I cut it way back. I was so scared I had lost it. It is now blooming beautifully! I even shared the new shoots with my mom.

Positive

On Feb 9, 2006, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful, easy-to-grow salvia! Blooms late summer and will bloom past our first frosts/freezes! Adds great color for late in the year. A butterfly magnet also!

Positive

On Apr 12, 2005, Tomatoholic from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant. It is so interesting. It blooms my favorite color too. I have two of these...one if blooming and the other is not blooming at all. They are planted in the same area so they get the same sun/water/etc. Any suggestions out there how I can get the other one to bloom? I live in Austin, TX. These are new plants I got a few weeks ago from Red Barn Nursery. Thanks.

Negative

On Aug 8, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a very tough, big ever-blooming salvia. In frost-free zones it is important to cut it back regularly, as it will continue to expand until it overruns all its neighbors. I have actually seen it start to break apart granite boulders. Tends to have a rather ungainly, somewhat wild appearance if allowed to grow without occasional pruning.

Positive

On Jul 13, 2003, meek wrote:

A really good landscape plant, likes an alkaline un- improved soil to slightly dry, plant can run by suckering along bottom edge so cut these out for new plants. Plant on 4-6 foot centers as they can eaisily be 3-5' round and tall. Cut back hard in fall to 1' in warmer (no frost) climates and it comes back like a true herb. Have seen hummingbirds feeding on this and have yet to see a major pest.
Have had extremely good luck on drip irrigation with emmiters 6" from base.

Positive

On Jan 20, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Even if you have only one of these in your garden, the hummers will come!

Positive

On May 3, 2002, loisbeth wrote:

5-6' gray-green foliage on shrub-like plant produce 18" spikes of purple flowers with white tips. Must be kept dry in winter. Prune in mid-summer for better branching. Needs well drained soil.