Salvia leucantha     
Mexican bush sage   
Lamiaceae Family     

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


Form: shrubby perennial
Seasonality: evergreen in Tucson
Size: 2-6ft with equal spread
Leaves: opposite, to 2.5in long, soft, underside silvery, heavily ridged and prominent veination
purple flower
flower and leaf form of
Salvia leucantha
Flowers: showy spike of soft purple flowers on silver stem, tubular shape, 3/4in long
Fruit: not significant
Stems/Trunks: n/a
Range/Origin: Mexico; not well determined
Hardiness: 25°F




best appearance when sheared back in winter
some varieties have white lip on purple flowers
best when mixed with other plants, especially contrasting bloom colors

Mexican bush sage Mexican bush sage
two specimens of Salvia leucantha

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