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Salvia greggii     
Autumn sage   
Lamiaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: rounded irregular shrub or perennial
Seasonality: evergreen in Tucson, treated as annual elsewhere
Size: to 3ft with equal spread
flower close-up
flower of Salvia greggii
Leaves: large variation, simple, elliptical, usually 1in long
Flowers: on stem terminals, spikes of trumpet-shaped, 1in flowers, color usually red, but varies; blooms intermittently from February to November
Fruit: small seed, not noticeable
Stems/Trunks: angular, new growth is lush green, old growth can be woody
Range/Origin: Chihuahuan desert
Hardiness: to single digits, some top damage may occur in teens


leaf close-up
leaf form
white flower
flower on white variety
("White autumn sage")


Autumn sage plant
Salvia greggii
aka Red Chihuahuan sage, Texas red sage

can be mowed to ground to encourage soft green growth

many cultivars are available, offering differing flower colors, range is from white, pink, to various shades of red

Autumn sage plant
Salvia greggii

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