Big Red Sage

Salvia penstemonoides

Salvia, Penstemon Sage

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.

Origins: Southwest-central Texas


None required. Freezes back to the ground in winter.

A very rare native finding new life in hummingbird gardens.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 5 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 4 feet'

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