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PlantFiles: Mexican Sage
Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: mexicana (meks-sih-KAY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Limelight

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


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)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive trudybb On Nov 2, 2014, trudybb from Youngsville, LA wrote:

I got a 12" plant at our local Master Gardeners' Spring plant sale a few years ago. It caught my attention because of it's bright chartreuse leaves that would stand out in my flowerbed. Then in September came the pretty dark violet blue flowers for a couple of months of Fall. I wasn't sure how frost hardy it was so I took several 10" cuttings and put in water indoors just in case it didn't make it thru winter. They rooted easily for new plants & although the outdoor plant took a beating it sprouted from roots in Spring. It makes itty bitty seeds in some flowers so after they bloom pick just the flower calyx & when thoroughly dry shake the container or hand break so seeds fall out. I've gotten seeds from about 50% of calyxes mostly to trade because water rooting cuttings is the way to go.

Positive SusiS On Nov 8, 2009, SusiS from San Leandro, CA wrote:

I planted these from 1 gl pots in the spring (East Bay Hills), and now they shot up to about 6 ft - great plants and so beautiful. I am just not sure how much to cut them back and when (early winter, late winter)??

Positive SierraTigerLily On May 20, 2008, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I first saw this plant in my sister's garden in Pleasant Hill, Ca. She found it at the famed Berkeley Horticultural Center. I was able to locate a mail order source for it at My plants arrived yesterday and I will post again as to how they survive the Florida tropical summers.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 3, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautiful Sage, great abundance, vivid, royal blue flowers from showy lime reen calyxes. Upright spikes. large quantify of lower branches especially after a hard pruning in Winter. Long lasting, great in bouquet, Full sun. medium to low water.


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

Castro Valley, California
Citrus Heights, California
Clayton, California
Davis, California
Knights Landing, California
Mission Viejo, California
Modesto, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Temecula, California
Templeton, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Deland, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Youngsville, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Poquoson, Virginia

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