Salvia, Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage, Gregg's Sage, Texas Sage 'Lipstick'

Salvia greggii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: greggii (GREG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Lipstick
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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:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From leaf cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

NORTH FORK, California

Perris, California

Redlands, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Houston, Texas

Montgomery, Texas

Portland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Lakebay, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2021, botfeeder from Vancouver, WA wrote:

I got some salvias maybe 7 years ago from Portland Nursery called greggii red. I haven't seen those in the last few years but they have had the lipstick variety and judging from the flowers and leaves and growth habit it is either a very similar variety or possibly the identical same variety. The greggii reds are my nicest salvias. They have grown into big beautiful plants. The lipsticks seem to be growing just as well. I got some more at PN this year and replaced some other salvias and an agastache that weren't making it.

There is one with somewhat similar flowers from High Country Gardens that is called raspberry delight. I planted quite a few of those, but they have not performed as well as the lipstick variety. They have been kind of slow growing, and the flower... read more


On Apr 22, 2006, CBernard from Perris, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' has grown in my yard for almost a year. I bought the plant from a clearance sale last May. For the last two growing seasons, it has provided nourishment for the hummingbirds. I am really pleased with it.