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Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: microphylla (my-kro-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: San Carlos Festival
Hybridized by Yucca Do Nursery

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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 Time:
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

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Apr 30, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am crazy about this salvia. It is tough and it is beautiful. I planted it in honor of my mother's husband, whose name is Carlos. Planted inground, gets brutal afternoon sun and gets supplemental water from the sprinkler.

Positive RonDEZone7a On Jan 21, 2008, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have been able to grow Salvia "San Carlos Festival" as a returning perennial in Wilmington, Delaware (Zone 7a). I have found it to be the hardiest cultivar of the shrubby salvias (Salvia microphylla or Salvia greggii).

I have it planted in well-drained soil in full sun, along my south-facing foundation. It normally shows very little dieback. It has, in fact, survived the winter potted outdoors one winter and that is how I discovered how hardy it is.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I'm wild about this Salvia! First time growing it (2006 season) and I love it! Beautiful!

It isn't hardy for zone 6, but it's still green (in a 20" plastic container on patio) as of Nov. 20, 06 and all the rest of the 'tender' Salvias and plants are brown. I'm going to get another for next Spring, regardless of what this particular Salvia looks like and plant a new one in the ground.

It is absolutlely gorgeous!!!


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

Wilmington, Delaware
Hebron, Kentucky
Raleigh, North Carolina
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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