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PlantFiles: 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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BajaBlue 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

Negative thebestmissy 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.

Positive Marilynbeth 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 .

Positive soilsandup 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.


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

Alameda, California
Berkeley, California
Chico, California
Clayton, California
Eureka, California
Fairfield, 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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