Belize Sage, Smooth-leaf Sage

Salvia miniata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: miniata (min-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

Glendora, California

Oak Park, California

Bartow, Florida

Deland, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Port Orange, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

San Antonio, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2013, Siirenias from Oak Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant has been a surprise for me.

I bought it on a whim, and planted it near a leak. Some time after it established, I fixed the leak and this sage was left with dry ground and afternoon shade. I expected it to wilt readily, but it flowered instead.

It gets weekly water and a few treats, but it is doing well. It's flowering slowly (a month or so in between), but otherwise it seems to be handling scorching heat and decidedly dry conditions without any fuss. I'm hoping for more vigorous flowering in fall.


On Mar 26, 2013, akitakitty from Gonzales, LA wrote:

Love this salvia for all the reasons below and just because I love ALL salvias. My only beef is I have to replace it every year. Have never been able to over-winter. Does anybody know if it will survive with layer of thick mulch in 9a zone?


On Apr 24, 2010, dermoidhome from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

This is one of my favorite Salvias with attractive foliage and shade tolerant. It did not prove to be hardy through our record-breaking winter in Baton Rouge, LA this year, sadly. (Zone 8B)


On Oct 5, 2009, bigthicket from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I agree, this is a wonderful Salvia in Houston in light shade. It's the top hummingbird attractor in my yard from August through October. It is a pleasant 2-3 ft. high "filler" with deep green smooth foliage when not in bloom. It rooted very easily in a few weeks from cuttings, and I "sprigged" it all over the back yard. I also like the intensely carmine-red, fuzzy, cylindrical blooms...I can spot them from 20 yards away on my porch!


On Sep 19, 2009, bohnnco from Houston, TX wrote:

I am surprised there are no comments on this wonderful saliva. It does very well in Houston in light shade and it is rather thirsty until well established. It will wilt in heavy sun but bounces right back with plenty fo water. The deep red blooms are like stop lights for the ruby throated hummingbird that migrate through our area each fall. The folliage is also very nice/different. This is a must-have saliva for light shade in zone 9. It will die back with a freeze but appears to be root hardy.