Salvia greggii: Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii [Autumn sage] is a herbaceous perennial native to a long, narrow area from southwest Texas, through the Chihuahuan Desert and into the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, typically growing in rocky soils at elevations from 5,000 to 9,000 ft [1,500 to 2,700 m]. It was named and described in 1870 by botanist Asa Gray after Josiah Gregg [1806 – 1850], a merchant, explorer, naturalist, and author of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico who found and collected the plant in Texas.

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^ Salvia greggii ‘Coronado Pink’

It is closely related to and frequently hybridizes with Salvia microphylla. Contrary to its common name, it blooms throughout the summer and autumn.

Salvia greggii is a highly variable plant, with numerous named cultivars, reaching anywhere from 1 to 4 ft [0.30 to 1.2 m] in height and less in width. It can be either upright or mounding. The leaves are typically mid-green and glabrous, tending to be less than 1 in [2.5 cm] long, and with a spicy fragrance. Flower size and color are extremely variable. Flowers reach from .25 to 1 in [0.64 to 2.5 cm] in length, and include many shades of scarlet and red [most common in the wild], along with rose, white, pink, lavender, apricot, and violet.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia

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