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Salvia leucantha

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-ah lew-KAN-thuh
Description

Velvet sage, also called Mexican bush sage is a perennial in the Lamiaceae family. It is a relative garden newcomer but is seen today gracing the late summer garden across the state. It is only hardy from the lower Piedmont to the coastal plain, and extreme winters may kill it. The flower stalks bear persistent flower bases which are velvety and purplish and short-lived flowers.

The specific epithet 'leucantha' comes from the Latin words 'leucos' meaning "white" and 'anthos' meaning flower.

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • All Purple
    Flowers are all purple (not bicolor)
  • Danielle's Dream
    Pink and white flowered
  • Midnight
    may be synonym for 'All Purple'
  • Santa Barbara
    Compact form with purple calyces and rose-lavender petals
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#white#sun#showy flowers#full sun#annual#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#low maintenance#fall interest#well-drained soil#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#tender perennial#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • All Purple
    Flowers are all purple (not bicolor)
  • Danielle's Dream
    Pink and white flowered
  • Midnight
    may be synonym for 'All Purple'
  • Santa Barbara
    Compact form with purple calyces and rose-lavender petals
Tags:
#purple#hummingbirds#white#sun#showy flowers#full sun#annual#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#low maintenance#fall interest#well-drained soil#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#tender perennial#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    leucantha
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico and Central America
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    damage by deer
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Spreading
    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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Description:
    Bicolor flowers with white corollas and purple calyces. The white does not appear until late summer into fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Linear, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 4” long) have a soft, velvet-like feel.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Rabbits