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Windmill Nursery
Buellton, California
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Salvia leucantha

Salvia leucantha (Mexican Sage) - A quick growing shrub that can reach 3-5 feet tall and as wide as it spreads outward at the base from its rootstock. It has young upright stems covered with woolly white hairs and narrow 3 to 4 inch long leaves that are gray-green above and whitish from dense short hairs below. The flowers are composed of velvety purple calyces with extended white petals. These flowers are well above the foliage and appear almost year-round along the coast; peak bloom period is spring through fall until first frost. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally to infrequently – is drought tolerant and somewhat rampant growth can be controlled by judicious irrigation practices. Evergreen to 25° F but proven root hardy in our garden to 18° F and possibly lower with mulching. Cut back annually in late winter to maintain best appearance and trim older flowers that weight stems down to encourage more upright growth and a tidier appearance. 

Category Shrub
Family Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin Mexico (North America)
Evergreen Yes
Flower Color Purple
Bloomtime Year-round
Height 3-4 feet
Width 4-6 feet
Exposure Sun or light Shade
Summer Dry Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info) Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness 15-20° F