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

Salvia microphylla

Previously known as:

  • Salvia grahamii
Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-ah my-kro-FIL-uh
Description

Salvia microphylla is an evergreen shrub found in the wild in southeastern Arizona and the mountains of eastern, western, and southern Mexico. It is a very complex species which easily hybridizes, resulting in numerous hybrids and cultivars brought into horticulture since the 1990s. The specific epithet microphylla, from the Greek, means "small leaved". In Mexico, it is called "mirto de montes," or "myrtle of the mountains.  This plant is slightly salt tolerant.

Salvia microphylla is grown in central Mexico as a medicinal plant, and used for making tea.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Flower Child
    Candy pink flowers
  • Hot Lips
    Bi-color red and white, dependent on temperature
  • San Carlos Festival
    Red-violet flowers on compact plants
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#arching#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#edible plant#shrub#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#medicinal#low maintenance#cottage garden#mounding#well-drained soil#dry soil tolerant#spreading#tender perennial#deer resistant#dense#butterfly garden#long bloom time#humidity#pollinator plant#native
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Flower Child
    Candy pink flowers
  • Hot Lips
    Bi-color red and white, dependent on temperature
  • San Carlos Festival
    Red-violet flowers on compact plants
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#arching#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#edible plant#shrub#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#medicinal#low maintenance#cottage garden#mounding#well-drained soil#dry soil tolerant#spreading#tender perennial#deer resistant#dense#butterfly garden#long bloom time#humidity#pollinator plant#native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    microphylla
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Fever reducer, treatment for coughs
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico and southern Arizona
    Distribution:
    Southern US, Central America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
    Edibility:
    Leaves have a scent of blackcurrant and can be used fresh or dried as a flavoring in an herbal tea,
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Salt