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Salvia greggii is often confused with:
Salvia microphylla
Native alternative(s) for Salvia greggii:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia microphylla
Coreopsis lanceolata flowers and leaves
Coreopsis tinctoria Coreopsis tinctoria

Salvia greggii

Description

A small herbaceous perennial, somewhat woody sub-shrub. Different cultivars offer flower colors from red to coral and some mixed with white. It prefers full sun but tolerates afternoon shade in regions with high summer heat.  It needs well-drained soil, but tolerates rocky soil.  'Wild Thing' reportedly has better winter hardiness than species plants. Propagate by cuttings.  This plant is slightly salt tolerant.

Salvia, the genus name comes from the Latin word salveo meaning to 'save or heal'. Greggi is in honor of Josiah Gregg (1806-1850), botanist and explorer who discovered the plant on an exploration through Texas.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Elk Pomegranate
    Raspberry colored flowers
  • 'Wild Thing'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#edible plant#native perennial#salt tolerant#rocky soil#cpp#spreading#deer resistant#butterfly garden#clumping#native
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Elk Pomegranate
    Raspberry colored flowers
  • 'Wild Thing'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#edible plant#native perennial#salt tolerant#rocky soil#cpp#spreading#deer resistant#butterfly garden#clumping#native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    greggii
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Texas
    Distribution:
    south-central and west Texas south to San Luis Potosi in Mexico, mostly on rocky slopes.
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is seldom damaged by deer.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edibility:
    Leaves can be used fresh or dried for seasonings and teas, and the flowers are edible.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are tube-shaped and two-lipped (smaller upper and larger lower lip) and about one inch long, appearing in terminal spikes.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    Square stems are woody and very brittle.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt