Mexican Bush Sage

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Large flowering shrubs with fragrant leaves and showy blooms, the Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is an eye-catching, highly desirable garden plant! The soft leaves - and we literally mean 'soft' because touching them is like petting a bunny - are silver-grey! The lance-shaped leaves grace these plants from top to bottom and are wonderfully aromatic.

Sometimes called Velvet Sage, these Perennial Salvias are almost shrub-like in hot climates and are loved not only due to their great texture but also their 3-4 foot tall size that can grow 2-3 feet wide, there's more that makes them superstars!

For a one-two punch of beauty, they are covered in gracefully drooping racemes of lovely amethyst-purple blooms from late summer to the first frost. These gorgeous flowers stand out across the garden and attract butterflies and Hummingbirds like nobody's business!

Planting and Application:

In mild winter areas of USDA planting zones 7 to 10, these are evergreen shrubs and everywhere else throughout USDA planting zones 3-6, these are prolific annuals. They will grow their full size in one season in most locations! Pot up on a large planter in a sunny porch or patio, or as a large and expressive specimen in a large urn in the Cottage border!

These South American natives look great with finely textured silver Artemisia, rusty red Ornamental Grasses, or bold blue-green Agaves. They work massed in big beds or lined up along a border where you can see and enjoy them from your patio.

Mexican Bush Sage is one of the most versatile plants on the market. It will fit into just about any garden style and will probably even steal the show! Use as fast-growing hedges, backdrops, and large planter specimens. An impressive specimen among the sun garden perennials, Rose borders, and along sunny walkways as a fragrant encouragement to continue down the garden path.

  • Stunning Cool-Toned Amethyst Flowers
  • Soft Fuzzy Fragrant Silver-Grey Foliage
  • Must-Haves For Pollinator Gardens & Hummingbirds
  • Pretty Cut Flowers
  • Large Specimens, Backdrops, Hedges, Annuals in Cooler Climates & Container Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Perennial Bush Sage prefers a full-sun location for the best growth and the most blooms, even in hot growing zones. Not particular on soil type, Sage does best in rich soil, as long as it does not get soggy. Provide regular water for new plants, and plant in a moist, well-drained soil location. Salvia are xeric plants and only need supplemental moisture during extended periods of heat and drought. Top-dress these shrubby perennials with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to protect the roots from chill

Salvia is a woody herbaceous perennial that looks best if the mounds of greenery are cut back in the late winter or early spring. Keep those pretty blooms popping until fall with regular deadheading. These clumping perennials appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to keep them growing stress-free.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Easy to Care For & Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Back Late Winter or Early Spring
  • Deadhead To Encourage New Blooms Spring til Fall
  • Easy to Grow Plants & Deer Tend to Leave Them Alone

A fountain of beautiful blooms from summer to frost! The touchably soft foliage and pretty amethyst flowers are the highlights of the hot climate landscape! Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Mexican Bush Sage Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Saliva leucantha
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Low Moisture Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Soft Amethyst Purple
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Gray Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes