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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Salvia regla Cav.
Mountain sage, Royal sage
USDA Symbol: SARE4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The showy, bright-red, tubular flowers of this ornamental, much-branched shrub occur in loose, terminal racemes. These top 3-5 ft. stems which bear glossy, aromatic, heart-shaped, deciduous leaves.
Flowers attract hummingbirds. This plant is disease and insect-free, drought tolerant, and adaptable to a variety of sites.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Very showy crimson flowers from July to October.
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
in Chisos Mts.; also Mex. Native Habitat: Native
to the rocky wooded slopes of the Chisos Mountains and adapted to the rolling and high plains area. Often called one of the most beautiful shrubs of the Chisos Mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil pH:
Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) Cold Tolerant:
Prefers well-drained rocky soils, but very adaptable to other sites in cultivation. Conditions Comments:
Mountain sages striking orange-red flower
are hummingbird favorites. Disease and insect free, drought tolerant, and adaptable to a variety of sites. Once established, do not fertilize. Periodically prune to encourage bushy growth and more blooms, which occur on new wood.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Long-blooming, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Nectar-hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds , Semi-hardwood Cuttings , Softwood Cuttings
Description: Most easily grown from softwood or semi-hardwood tip cuttings. Application of a rooting hormone improves rooting. Rooting should occur within three weeks. Also propagated from fresh, untreated seed sown in spring or root layering.
Seed Collection: Collect the seeds as the capsules begin to dry but before they have dropped the seeds. Spread seeds in thin layers to dry a few days before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: After an extended period of flowering, you may wish to prune it halfway back to produce thicker, more compact foliage. Cut it back each winter to encourage bushy growth. Once established, it should not be fertilized.
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff, GHH