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Salvia coahuilensis, photo courtesy of Jennifer Cheung
Salvia coahuilensis, photo courtesy of Jennifer Cheung

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Zones 8, 12-24
Full Sun
Regular Water

Salvia coahuilensis

Coahuila Sage

Perennials, Shrubs


All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia coahuilensis

Shrubby perennial. From the mountainsof Coahuila, Mexico. To2 1/2 ft. high and wide. Manyslender, upward-sweeping woodybranches, sparsely clothed withevergreen, 1-in., linear olivegreen leaves. Deep violet, appear on 3–5-in. stemsfrom early summer to frost, allyear in mild-winter climates;heaviest bloom in early summerand fall. Cut back to about 8 in.from ground in late winter. Moderatewater.

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