Meadow Sage, Chiapas Sage

Salvia chiapensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: chiapensis (chee-ah-PEN-sis) (Info)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Pollen may cause allergic reaction


Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Alameda, California

Berkeley, California

Chico, California

Clayton, California

Eureka, California

Fairfield, California

Long Beach, California

Martinez, California

Paradise, California

Richmond, California

Roseville, California

Sacramento, California (2 reports)

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Ana, California

Temecula, California (2 reports)

Hebron, Kentucky

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Beaumont, Texas

Conroe, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 22, 2010, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

aka Salvia 'chiapas species' This beautiful salvia with eye-catching deep pink flowers is from Chiapas, Mexico.

Unusual how the flowers are arranged on the stalk. Flowers for a long time particularly in winter. It grows well in a variety of situations, from full sun to partial shade. It enjoys more water than
other sages, not drought tolerant.

An occasional hard pruning will help keep it bushy, not sprawling


On Jul 30, 2009, thebestmissy from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant was doing well until the temp here (SE Fort Worth, TX) got to 100 F. It quickly died.


On Aug 26, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

First time growing it and I love it! I planted a quart size pot into a mixed container. I don't expect it to survive the Winter, as it's an annual for me in zone 6 .


On Apr 28, 2005, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a great plant - supplies a bit of color throughout the year and stays green year round, at least in northern CA. Only problem is that it has outgrown the spot I have it in and I will have to remove it so that it doesn't crowd out my other plants. It will grow to a shrub with graceful arching flowering stalks about 4 feet wide - so if you have the room, this is one plant that is worth growing. Propagation is easy since the stem cuttings root so easily.