Salvia leucantha

Mexican Sage
Plant Type

Perennial, Shrub



Overall Mature Size


Also Grown As


Mature Height & Spread

3-4′ x 4-5′


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features

Attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees, Deer Resistant, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Upright, Rounding

Sunset Garden Zones

12-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fast-growing evergreen perennial with a shrubby, upright, rounded growth habit to 3-4’ tall x 4-5’ wide. This highly-popular, long-lived perennial features attractive, narrow gray-green foliage accented with a profusion of showy, velvety-textured purple and white flower spikes that rise above the attractive foliage spring through fall, or nearly year round in mild climates. These eye-catching flowers are a favorite for butterflies and hummingbirds, and are great for fresh or dried flower arrangements. Prune in late-winter to promote a more compact growth habit. Well-suited in beds, borders, rock gardens, wildflower gardens or as an attractive container specimen. Tolerates coastal conditions and a variety of different soil types provided they’re well-drained. This grateful species requires little water once established, and prefers a full sun to partial shade exposure.

USDA Zone: 8A-10B
Sunset Zone: 12-24, H1, H2

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