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PlantFiles: Rose Leaf Sage, Rosebud Sage
Salvia involucrata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: involucrata (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh) (Info)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive YSFinHollywoodS On Sep 15, 2013, YSFinHollywoodS from Hollywood, SC wrote:

I received a small pot of Rosebud Sage summer of 2012 and planted it by the porch, facing east. This year it has grown to be an enormous addition to the front yard! I'm attaching a photo of my husband, 5' 11", standing by the plant. I will move it to another location when the weather gets cold enough. We live in Zone 8b. The soil is mostly sand, not amended and it received very little fertilizer due to our 2013 summer being very, very wet.

Positive Kitte On Jul 17, 2011, Kitte from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I have this growing in a giant planter. It gets raspberry colored flowers sporadically thru the year (more during warm weather). They have a yummy fruity smell. Hummingbirds love them!

Perhaps because mine doesn't get much light, the habit is sprawling & lanky. Rather ugly. I'm cutting it back a lot to induce bushier growth. It does grow very quickly.

The stems are also quite brittle & I have on several occasions accidentally snapped some.

Positive MomKat On Jun 4, 2008, MomKat from Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds as well as to people. It's a great way to fill in the back of the border, and here on the Gulf Coast it blooms from the end of May through the first hard freeze, usually in mid-November. It also propagates easily through layering.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Satsuma, Alabama
Albany, California
Auburn, California
Clayton, California
Davis, California
Fairfield, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Gainesville, Florida
Evans, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Hollywood, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Conroe, Texas

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