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Limelight, Mexican Sage

Salvia mexicana


Beautiful dark purple petals exploding from lime green calyces. They are definitely eye-catchers. In warm climates, Mexican sage can get as big as 12 ft (3.7 m) tall but in cultivation it usually maxes out around 5 ft (1.5 m) tall with a spread of 3 ft (0.9 m). It has blue flowers and various calyx colors. Mexican sage is highly variable in both leaf form and flower details. This is a fall-blooming sage with nice form and rugged character. The interesting foliage carry S. mexicana in the garden until autumn when its late blooming period commences and it becomes the star of the show. Unlike many of the salvias, Mexican sage does not have a strong scent.


Mexican sage is native to central Mexico where it occurs near the edges of forests and in open woods. They take full sun and average to low water. They are hardy to the mid twenties. These plants just do better in the ground so I don't recommended potting them..


Mexican sage, like most salvias, is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. There are about 900 salvias distributed through most part of the world, making it the largest genus in the mint family.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 25, 2012

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