Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing to 2 to 3 ft. high and wider.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Deer Resistant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer through fall
Botanical Pronunciation:SAL-via gregg-EYE
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing to 2 to 3 ft. high and wider.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer through fall
Flower color:Red
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
Design 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.
Care Information
Requires 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:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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.