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Salvia Species, Rose Leaf Sage, Rosebud Sage

Salvia involucrata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: involucrata (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Salvia bethellii
Synonym:Salvia laevigata
Synonym:Salvia palafoxiana
Synonym:Salvia ventricosa
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Anniston, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Satsuma, Alabama

Albany, California

Auburn, California

Clayton, California

Davis, California

Fairfield, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Gainesville, Florida

Evans, Georgia

Jonesboro, Georgia

New Orleans, Louisiana

Clinton, Mississippi

Hollywood, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Conroe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 15, 2013, YSFinHollywoodS from Banner Elk, NC (Zone 5b) wrote:

I received a small pot of Rosebud Sage summer of 2012 and planted it by the porch, facing east. This year it has grown to be an enormous addition to the front yard! I'm attaching a photo of my husband, 5' 11", standing by the plant. I will move it to another location when the weather gets cold enough. We live in Zone 8b. The soil is mostly sand, not amended and it received very little fertilizer due to our 2013 summer being very, very wet.


On Jul 17, 2011, Kitte from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I have this growing in a giant planter. It gets raspberry colored flowers sporadically thru the year (more during warm weather). They have a yummy fruity smell. Hummingbirds love them!

Perhaps because mine doesn't get much light, the habit is sprawling & lanky. Rather ugly. I'm cutting it back a lot to induce bushier growth. It does grow very quickly.

The stems are also quite brittle & I have on several occasions accidentally snapped some.


On Jun 4, 2008, MomKat from Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds as well as to people. It's a great way to fill in the back of the border, and here on the Gulf Coast it blooms from the end of May through the first hard freeze, usually in mid-November. It also propagates easily through layering.