Salvia, Mexican Bush Sage 'Midnight'

Salvia leucantha

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucantha (lew-KAN-thuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Midnight
Additional cultivar information:(aka All Purple)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hanceville, Alabama

Lanett, Alabama

Green Valley, Arizona

Alamo, California

Long Beach, California

Madera, California

Palm Springs, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Cruz, California

Deltona, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Douglas, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Madison, Mississippi

St Thomas, Mississippi

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Johns Island, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Brady, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Iredell, Texas

King George, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2007, dryad57 from Scottsburg, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This grows extremely well here as an annual. I didn't get it planted until June, and it still grew to about 4' tall and equally wide and had a wonderful flush of blooms. Heavy rains caused it to droop to the ground, but it always regained its form and didn't require staking. The season was too short for any seeds to set, but the blooms stayed until the first hard frost. Visited all the time by honeybees, it even drew a couple hummingbirds.


On Aug 10, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - Mine get over 5' tall - see photo. The first year I grew this plant, I was shocked to find what looked like a hundred dead bees on it early in one morning. I realized they were sleeping on it! The bees just love this plant.

It benefits from pinching out and you can plant the pieces. Roots easily.


On Oct 6, 2004, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Seems to be reliably hardy in my area - has come back the past 4 years. Good winter drainage is essential. I have mine growing next to the house where the soil is dry and nothing else will grow. Blooms from late September until frost in my area.


On Jan 19, 2004, Flit from Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is highly drought tolerant and very resistant to disruption or attack, springing back every year. I chop it back almost to the ground in places in the winter. It blooms almost constantly and the foliage is pretty if it hasn't been allowed to get too gangly.

It has the potential to be invasive but is pretty easy to weed out; I have kept it confined to its original space.

In my first few years I had an infestation of spit bugs which favored this bush (though they used others) for their eggs. They were dealt with by removing the spitty egg cases and I haven't seen them in the last year or so. We don't use pesticides.