Salvia Varieties: Salvia greggii

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Salvia greggii (common name: Autumn Sage) is a bushy type of salvia that doesn’t grow any taller than 70cm in height. They have a wide range of flower colours that bloom from spring to late autumn with the foliage being aromatic, small and deep green.

Salvia greggii survives to around -8 and propagation is usually from cuttings taken during the growing season. Plant in position that is well drained and gets full-sun or partially-shaded exposures. Once established, the plant usually thrives on existing rainfall.

Prune this variety in April or when new shoots appear and the frost has gone and deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Cuttings can be easily taken from May onwards, taking 8-10cm tips of new growth.

The species name comes from an early American explorer and botanist called Josiah Gregg who lived from 1806-1850. Salvia greggii is found in Texas and New Mexico and Mexican cities: Coahuila, Sonora, and Durango as they offer dry, sunny conditions which is perfect condition for them.

Some of the most popular Salvia greggii include:

  • Salvia greggii ‘Blue Note’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Lemon Light’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Amethyst Lips’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Hot Lips’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Autumn Moon’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Joy’

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