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Salvia, Baby Sage, Blackcurrant Sage, Delta Sage, Graham's Sage, Little Leaf Sage 'San Carlos Festival'

Salvia microphylla

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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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Wilmington, Delaware

Hebron, Kentucky

Raleigh, North Carolina

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 6, 2017, Adrienneny from Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

San Carlos Festival survives our winters without any protection and even in unprotected containers. It is early to bloom in May when other hummingbird plants are still greening up. It has a tidy, upright form compared to other salvias. It's leaves have a subtle, unique texture while its flowers are large and profuse.


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.


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.


On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth 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!!!