Botanical Name: Salvia leucantha
Common Name: Mexican Bush Sage, Mexican Sage  
Plant photo of: Salvia leucantha
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Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, With Rocks


Special Uses

Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Susan Frommer/Dave Ryden
  • Description

  • Notes

The Mexican Sage is a bushy shrub that grows 3'-4' tall and wide. It has hairy white stems, grey-green leaves and velvet-like purple flower spikes that bloom summer through fall. This shrub tolerates sun, light shade, low to moderate water, and is cold hardy to 15 degrees F. The Mexican Sage attracts hummingbirds. Be careful not to overwater.
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