Big Red Sage

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Big Red Sage

Salvia penstemonoides
Salvia, Penstemon Sage
3

5 feet
3

4 feet
Southwest-central Texas
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun. An herbaceous perennial salvia, with 2′-3′ tall wands of reddish-purple sage flowers in spring and summer. The glossy leaves are distinctive.

In the wild, Big Red Sage remains only in steep canyons where grazing animals can’t reach it; for many years it was believed extinct. It has been rediscovered in four central Texas counties, along limestone bluffs. It is much more common these days in residential native landscaping.

Place it in the back of the hummingbird garden where its tall flower spikes can sprawl freely.

Maintenance

None required. Freezes back to the ground in winter.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
3-5' H, 3-4' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Wildlife:
Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Purple, Red
Bloom Time:
June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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