Salvia, Mexican Sage 'Limelight'

Salvia mexicana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: mexicana (meks-sih-KAY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Limelight
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Foliage Color:


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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California

Citrus Heights, California

Clayton, California

Davis, California

Knights Landing, California

Mission Viejo, California

Modesto, California

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Temecula, California

Templeton, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Deland, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Youngsville, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Poquoson, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 2, 2014, trudybb from Youngsville, LA wrote:

I got a 12" plant at our local Master Gardeners' Spring plant sale a few years ago. It caught my attention because of it's bright chartreuse leaves that would stand out in my flowerbed. Then in September came the pretty dark violet blue flowers for a couple of months of Fall. I wasn't sure how frost hardy it was so I took several 10" cuttings and put in water indoors just in case it didn't make it thru winter. They rooted easily for new plants & although the outdoor plant took a beating it sprouted from roots in Spring. It makes itty bitty seeds in some flowers so after they bloom pick just the flower calyx & when thoroughly dry shake the container or hand break so seeds fall out. I've gotten seeds from about 50% of calyxes mostly to trade because water rooting cuttings is the way to go.


On Nov 8, 2009, SusiS from San Leandro, CA wrote:

I planted these from 1 gl pots in the spring (East Bay Hills), and now they shot up to about 6 ft - great plants and so beautiful. I am just not sure how much to cut them back and when (early winter, late winter)??


On May 20, 2008, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I first saw this plant in my sister's garden in Pleasant Hill, Ca. She found it at the famed Berkeley Horticultural Center. I was able to locate a mail order source for it at My plants arrived yesterday and I will post again as to how they survive the Florida tropical summers.


On Jul 3, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautiful Sage, great abundance, vivid, royal blue flowers from showy lime reen calyxes. Upright spikes. large quantify of lower branches especially after a hard pruning in Winter. Long lasting, great in bouquet, Full sun. medium to low water.