Salvia, Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage, Gregg Salvia 'Furman's Red'

Salvia greggii

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


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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:

Can be grown as an annual


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


Maricopa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Palm Springs, California

Sacramento, California

Denver, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado

Washington, District Of Columbia

Boise, Idaho (2 reports)

Meridian, Idaho

Hebron, Kentucky

Towson, Maryland

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Bronxville, New York

Columbia, South Carolina

Amarillo, Texas

Big Spring, Texas

Brady, Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Plano, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2017, Adrienneny from Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:


On Sep 3, 2006, parkerpt from Amarillo, TX wrote:

This has become one of my favotire plants. I planted two in late March and have had consistent, heavy blooming all Summer. The foliage is lightly aromatic. Caveat: the stems are very brittle and easily broken!


On Feb 12, 2006, Tir_Na_Nog from Houston,
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this sage (member of the mint family). It blooms almost all year in my area. Because it's a very woody shrub and it can become top heavy and then droop a little looking mis-shapen I stake it sometimes but otherwise looks great! It loves the sun!


On Oct 15, 2005, Sheila_FW from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Since I first aquired this plant, I have not been very kind to it. I have frequently failed to water it and it still thrived. I clip it back in the late Fall after it stops blooming, or early Spring before it sprouts. It is always forgiving and will bloom through summer and early Fall.


On Sep 15, 2004, tazzy from Sand Springs, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Blooms from early spring to late fall in oklahoma Take heat and drought poor soil.


On Apr 18, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I really liked this plant it bloomed all summer and added such a splash of color to the garden. However it did not come back for me in zone 6. That could be because of the bad summer and winter we have had this year. I will give it another try.