Little-leaf Sage

Salvia microphylla

Mint Bush Sage; Blackcurrant Sage; San Luis Sage

About This Plant

Partial sun. A small, mostly evergreen salvia, blooming year-round, but especially in spring and autumn. The fragrance has been likened to currant, and rewards anyone brushing up against the leaves. Little-leaf Sage is similar to Autumn Sage but grows larger. There are visible veins and serrated edges on its leaves; Autumn Sage can be readily distinguished by unmarked leaves. Salvia microphylla hybridizes easily with other salvias and is often used for this purpose. ‘Hot Lips,’ ‘San Carlos,’ and ‘San Luis’ are commercial varieties.

Origins: Sierra Madre Mountains of northern Mexico; also Arizona.


Occasional grooming; occasional supplemental water in sun. Cut back by one third as needed, usually in early spring.

A well-formed semi-evergreen salvia that prefers a bit of shade in summer.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 4 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 4 feet'

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