Salvia, Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage, Gregg's Sage, Texas Sage 'Wild Thing'

Salvia greggii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: greggii (GREG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Wild Thing
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

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:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Pelham, Alabama

Fort Collins, Colorado

Washington, District Of Columbia

Pensacola, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Douglas, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Olathe, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Batesville, Mississippi

Liberty, Mississippi

Southaven, Mississippi

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Morehead City, North Carolina

Cheyenne, Oklahoma

Harrah, Oklahoma

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Belton, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Garland, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 11, 2010, Ducky777 from Arlington, TX wrote:

One of the most ever blooming Autumn Sages in my garden. The color can be seen a mile away. LOVE it. Going on my 5th year with it.


On Nov 24, 2009, tomaras3 from Harrah, OK wrote:

I planted 3 Autumn Sage early this spring and in late Novemeber they are still blooming! I'm thrilled with them (as were the hummers)


On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

SALVIA greggii Wild Thing - Autumn Sage - Medium 24-30" - plant 24-30" apart. zone 6-10. Long blooming from June to October - this plant produces masses of hot pink, almost cherry-red flowers with purple calyxes over lustrous green aromatic foliage. Semi-evergreen Hummingbirds and butterflies adore the blossoms. Cut back in the spring.


On Nov 17, 2006, Marilynbeth wrote:

I found gallon plants of this Salvia at Lowe's this Summer, much to my delight and now have four 1-gallon plants in the ground. I really love this Salvia; the color is so beautiful! I'm hoping all four plants survive the Winter ( they are hardy to zone 6 ) and that the plants get even more beautiful and larger next year!


Not all four of the 'Wild Thing' Salvias survived the Winter, but the one I added the photo on 10/25/07 did survive and is doing great! This is a fantastic Salvia to grow!