Furman's Red Autumn Sage
Furman's Red Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'Item #7048 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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An outstanding small evergreen shrub for hot, sunny, low water gardens! Prolific, magenta-red flowers attract hummingbirds over along season. Open, airy habit blends well with western natives and xeriscape plants. Low, wide growing habit is perfect for bank and slope coverage.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SAL-via gregg-EYEPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 2 to 3 ft. high and wider.Special features:Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer through fallFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasAn important subshrub for xeriscape gardens with any theme. Shares similar water requirements as many western natives making it perfect for wild gardens. Preference for good drainage makes an excellent bank and slope coverage. Excellent source of bright color in the Mediterranean landscape, but equally suited to tropical looks. Important staple of desert garden compositions. The quintessential dry climate hummingbird plant for wildlife focused gardens.Companion PlantsCombine the magenta of the sage with the silver foliage and yellow blooms of Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis lanata) and the golden flowers of Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'). The blue flower clusters of Carmel Creeper California Lilac (Ceanothus griseus hortizontalis 'Carmel Creeper') makes a colorful hummingbrid garden.
- CareCare InformationRequires well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus is classified in the Labiateae or mint family, containing over 750 species of herbs and subshrubs native around the world. They are distinguished for their aromatic oils. The species S. greggii was classified by renowned botany professor of Harvard University, Asa Gray. He named it for Dr. Josiah Gregg in recognition of his exploration in Saltiollo, Mexico where the first specimen was collected. Plants are actually native to Texas and northern Mexico.Lore:This species of Salvia and all its cultivars are the top hummingbird attracting flowers in dry climates.