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Salvia microphylla var. neurepia



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We believe this to be the best large leaf Mountain Sage.

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(Big Leaf Mountain Sage) Nothing is little about this plant even though "microphylla" means "little leaf." The rough, wrinkly leaves are often 3 inches long and almost 2 inches wide. The pinkish-orange flowers are also large and bloom spring to fall.

Harvard University botanist and professor Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950) was the first person to publish a description of the plant, which he named Salvia neurepia. It was later reclassified as a Mountain Sage. Fernald authored a number of scholarly works, including a monograph on Mexican and Central American Salvia.

At 48 inches tall with a spread of 48 inches or more, this pretty sage makes a long-blooming hedge or tall groundcover. It is also a good choice for a shrubby border. Give it full sun to partial shade and regular watering. Although it isn't particular about soil type, good drainage is necessary. Hummingbirds love it, but deer do not.

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Common name
Big Leaf Mountain Sages Sage
USDA Zones
7 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
48"+/48"/48"+
Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
Well drained
Water needs
Average
Pot size
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Our price
$8.50

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Exposure

Full sun
Full sun
Heat tolerant
Heat tolerant
Partial shade
Partial shade

Growing Habit

7 - 9
7 - 9
48 inches tall
48 inches tall
48 inches wide
48 inches wide
Perennial
Perennial
Shrub
Shrub

Water Needs

Average water
Average water

Blooming Season

Fall blooming
Fall blooming
Spring blooming
Spring blooming
Summer blooming
Summer blooming

Wildlife

Deer resistant
Deer resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
  • Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief'

    (Cherry Chief Autumn Sage) With hundreds of varieties of Autumn Sage on the market, there is much confusion as to which ones to plant.  This red-flowered cultivar, developed by Richard Dufresne of North Carolina, is a top choice.

    Cherry Chief has flowers of an almost translucent red, a color that is difficult to capture in photographs but eye catching in the garden.  It is one of the larger Salvia greggii types we grow, but can easily be kept smaller by pruning. Undemanding, it grows well in full sun or partial shade and with little water.

    Autumn Sage was discovered in Northern Mexico by pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg during the 19th century Mexican American War. Now it is one of the most popular Salvias grown in the world due to its many colors, tidy foliage, adaptability to heat and cold, drought resistance and long bloom times.

    Hummingbirds and humans alike enjoy Cherry Chief's flowers from spring into fall. We highly recommend it.
    $8.50
  • Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

    (Furman's Red Autumn Sage) Selected by noted Texas plantsman W.A. Furman in the 1970s, this hardy Texas native is beautiful and tough withstanding heat, drought and freezing winters. Its flowers, which bloom spring through fall, are a rich, saturated red bordering on magenta.

    Averaging growth up to 3 feet tall, but never wider than 2 feet, it adds zing to borders in spaces between lower growing plants such as Salvia x jamensis. It harmonizes well with pastel types of S. x jamensis.

    Heat tolerant and drought resistant, Furman's Red is a good background planting or tall groundcover in a dry garden. It readily attracts honeybees and butterflies, but not deer. This is one of the best choices for extreme conditions, seeming to thrive on hot, dry days and cold nights. Plant it in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil.
    $8.50
  • Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding'

    (Texas Wedding White Autumn Sage) This is our best white-flowered Autumn Sage. It is compact, hardy and blooms abundantly. We love it as a contrast to the generally bright colors of its group. Texas Wedding seems to always be blooming, with massive displays in spring and fall.

    The flowers are small but so profuse that they seem to outnumber the leaves.

    This variety of Salvia greggii makes a great, small-scale groundcover when each plant is spaced two feet apart. Although it tolerates some shade -- especially in hot climates -- it needs full sun. Good drainage is another necessity, but it doesn't require much watering.

    Texas Wedding is reliably hardy to 10 degrees F, but can tolerate colder temperatures with mulching. Here's some other good news: Deer don't much care for it.

    $8.50
  • Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

    (Hot Lips Sage) What a winner for fascinating flowers! Hot Lips Sage has solid red, solid white and two-tone combinations all on the same plant and often at the same time. You might say that this shrubby sage is mixed-up, but its confused coloring makes it highly desirable.

    The flowers, which primarily bloom in spring and fall, show more red during cool weather and when regularly watered and fertilized. Stress from a shortage of nutrients and from heat cause the white portions of the blossoms to become larger.

    This Mountain Sage has a tightly branched form. Often, it is covered with so many flowers that they seem to outnumber the small, green leaves.

    Depending on local climate, Hot Lips works well in either a perennial or shrub border. It's a fine addition to a dry garden. We love and highly recommend this mountain treasure from Oaxaca, Mexico.

    $8.50
  • Salvia microphylla 'Two Tone'

    (Two Tone Red Mountain Sage) The subtle two-tone combination of magenta and red flowers make you look twice at this long-blooming Mountain Sage. The blossoms, which fade to soft rose, are numerous from spring to fall. Large and dark green, the leaves have fuzzy undersides.

    Mountain Sages normally slow down bloom production in summer, but not this variety. It is also one of the best Salvia microphylla for less-than-perfect growing conditions; it thrives where smaller and more delicate varieties languish. It grows rapidly and is strong enough to be used as a large-scale groundcover for slopes and other problem areas.

    At 48 inches tall and wide, Two Tone Red Mountain Sage is ideal for use as a screen or background planting. It also looks pretty in borders. Depending on local growing conditions, it may be an herbaceous perennial in one area and a shrub in another.

    Give it full sun to partial shade and any kind of well-drained soil. Although it does well with regular watering, Two Tone Red is ideal for dry gardens. it is a hummingbird magnet!
    $8.50
  • Salvia microphylla 'Variegata'

    (Variegated Mirto de Montes Sage) Over the years, we have seen a number of variegated varieties of Mountain Sage. None have been as lovely and sturdy as this one, from botanist Brent Barnes of the University of California at Riverside.

    It blooms heavily and for a long time, producing crimson flowers that form a lively contrast with the small green and cream leaves from spring into fall. The variegations and coloring of the handsome foliage are stable from one growing season to the next.

    This tightly branched sage is so floriferous that its flowers seem to outnumber the small leaves. Mountain Sages, including hybrid varieties, can grow from 18 to 48 inches tall and wide. None are picky about soil type, but all need good drainage. Most are equally adaptable about growing in locations ranging from full sun to partial shade

    Similar to other Mountain Sages, which are native to the American Southwest and Mexico, this variety appreciates regular watering yet does well in dry gardens. Salvia microphylla 'Variegata' is colorful in borders, containers and along walkways. We highly recommend this unique plant as do hummingbirds.

    $8.50

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  • Salvia species from Tamaulipas

    (Tamaulipas Mystery Sage) Hot pink, robust and aromatic, this is a sage that plant collectors from the San Francisco Botanic Gardens couldn't pass up when they found it in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders the bottom tip of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

    Sometimes great plants don't have official scientific names, and this is one of them. But the lack of binomial nomenclature is not a mystery: Obtaining scientific naming is a time-consuming, expensive process. So we have to content ourselves by talking about this species as Salvia species from Tamaulipas or the not-so-mysterious Tamaulipas Mystery, a drought- and heat-tolerant beauty.

    This sage is closely related to Lemmon's Sage (Salvia lemmonii), which somewhat accidentally has blossoms the color of pink lemonade. Lemmon's Sage is named after the 19th century, Southwestern plant explorer John Lemmon who discovered it while recuperating from Civil War injuries to his health.

    The inch-long flowers of Tamaulipas Mystery are cupped by dusky, dark calyxes and grow on similarly dark stems along with heavily textured, dark green, rose-type leaves. Bloom time is spring into fall. This shrub is adapted to winter temperatures in USDA Zones 7 to 10. It enjoys partial shade, but also does well in full sun. Place it in a shrub border, dry garden or patio container. Hummingbirds will visit, but deer will not.

    The nomenclature of this and closely related Southwestern sages is confusing. Our blog articles are a good source of information on this topic.

    Highly recommended.
    $8.50
  • Salvia texana

    (Texas Blue Sage) This is a cutie and a tough customer once established. It even grows well in caliche soils. Although Salvia texana typically blooms only during spring in Texas, it has a longer season stretching into fall up north.

    Flower colors are in the blue range and include purple and violet. Our strain could be described as having the violet of Scarlet O’Hara eyes as well as pronounced white beelines. Its deep green, oblong leaves and bracts are covered with silky hairs so long that they look like eyelashes.

    Although short at 12 to 24 inches tall, Texas Blue Sage is so charming that we like to crouch down to get a closer look. In Northern California, it thrives in full sun, but in Texas, it appreciates a bit of shade on the hottest days. This drought resistant Texas perennial does well in a dry garden, but also accepts regular watering in well drained soils.

    It can be temperamental outside its native range, so please take special care with this species.  Not a good plant for moist or humid parts of he country.

    Grow it as a groundcover or in borders, native plant gardens and prairie-type landscapes. We agree with the butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees that visit this beauty: What’s not to love about it.

    $8.50

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  • Salvia x jamensis 'Betty'

    (Betty's Hybrid Jame Sage) Jame Sages (S. x jamensis spp.) are hybrid members of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group, but are often pastel, such as this creamy pinkish-lavender beauty.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sages occur in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains. This one comes from Southern California.

    Botany professor Brent Barnes of the University of California, Riverside, developed the compact, vigorous Betty's Hybrid Jame Sage. Similar to other Jame Sages, it is heat and drought tolerant as well as long-blooming. Dark purple stems and calyxes make the luminescent blooms stand out. We've given it a "best of class" award as our top pastel purple S. x jamensis spp..

    Highly recommended by butterflies, honeybees, hummingbirds and gardeners!
    $8.50
  • Salvia x jamensis 'Peggy'

    (Peggy's Hybrid Jame Sage) The luminescent, bicolor pastels of many Salvia x jamensis are stunning when viewed up close. Peggy's Jame Sage is compact and has tiny, pale cream blossoms with rosy upper lips. It is an elegant yet tough plant named for Riverside, California, philanthropist Peggy Fouke Wortz.

    Jame Sage (S. x jamensis spp.) is a hybrid member of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group of closely related Salvias. However, unlike its parent species, it often is pastel.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sage occurs in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains or at private nurseries and universities involved in botanical research.

    Every year, many new Jame Sages enter commercial horticulture. We grow as many as we can, looking for exceptional varieties, but only a few make the cut. Peggy's Jame Sage comes from one of our Salvia gurus, botany professor Brent Barnes of the University of California, Riverside.

    Peggy's Jame Sage is compact, fragrant, long blooming, vigorous, heat tolerant and drought resistant similar to other members of the Autumn/Mountain Sage group. It is particularly irresistable to honeybees.

    Highly recommended!
    $8.50
  • Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink'

    (Yellow Pink Hybrid Jame Sage) Dusty pink with pale yellow throats, the bicolor pastels of this Salvia x jamensis are especially charming up close. 'Yellow Pink' is a compact sage with tiny, smooth foliage.

    Jame Sage (S. x jamensis spp.) is a hybrid member of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group of closely related Salvias. However, unlike its parent species, Jame Sage often is pastel.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sage occurs in areas where Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains or at private nurseries and universities involved in botanical research.

    Every year, many new Jame Sages enter commercial horticulture. We grow as many as we can, looking for exceptional varieties, but only a few make the cut. Yellow Pink is a petite favorite that comes from one of our Salvia gurus, botany professor Brent Barnes of the University of California, Riverside.

    Yellow Pink Jame Sage is fragrant, long blooming, vigorous, heat tolerant and drought resistant similar to other members of the Autumn/Mountain Sage group.

    Highly recommended!
    $8.50
  • Stachys albotomentosa

    (Hidalgo or 7-UP Plant) I love to ask people what the smell of these leaves remind them of. Almost no one gets it on the first try, but when I say, "7 UP", their eyes light up, heads nod and the resounding answer is, "Yes!"

    This mounding small perennial is native to shady mountain canyons in Arizona and Texas.  The flowers glow on tall spikes above the furry, light green above, silvery underneath leaves.  This is an outstanding perennial for shady spots.  It can stand drought when established, but does very well with regular garden water.  The apricot-coral flowers age to a reddish tint, and are quite long lasting. This plant blooms for us April - October!

    This is another Salvia-like perennial that deserves much greater prominence in our gardens.

    Highly recommended.

    $8.50

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  • Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl'

    (Vermillion Bluffs® Mexican Sage) The brilliant red flowers of Vermillion Bluffs bloom abundantly from August to October. This variety of the Mexican native Salvia darcyi is cold hardy to Zone 5b at altitudes up to 5,500 feet.

    Salvia darcyi comes from Mexico's eastern Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range where it grows at altitudes up to 9,000 feet. Denver Botanic Gardens developed Vermillion Bluffs to withstand the colder winter weather of the Rocky Mountain region. It is a welcome substitute for Salvia microphylla or Salvia x jamensis , which struggle in cold weather.

    This sun-loving sage likes loamy soil. Plant it in shrubby borders, dry flower gardens and containers. Its underground runners form a tough mat that blocks weeds.

    The wrinkly, soft green foliage forms a graceful mound that glows against the bright flowers, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. After frost, the foliage dies to the ground like an herbaceous perennial. Then it returns in spring.

    We can't help but highly recommend this easy-care plant. 

    Vermillion Bluffs is a registered trademark of Plant Select.
    $8.50
  • Salvia greggii 'Señorita Leah'

    (Delicate Lady Autumn Sage)The hot pink skirt and reddish throat of this sage's flowers draw the eye. Although Señorita Leah does well in full sun, the color of its flowers intensifies with a bit of shade. Compact and floriferous, it blooms from spring to fall.

    Perennial in Zones 7 to 9, it is an attractive annual in areas with cooler winters. This smallish shrub looks lovely as a groundcover or border plant and in patio containers.

    Overall, Salvia greggii species are colorful, long blooming, dependable, drought resistant and adaptable to a wide range of regions.

    $8.50
  • Salvia x 'Christine Yeo'

    (Christine Yeo Sage) A chance hybrid of two Mexican sages --Salvia microphylla and S. chamaedryoides -- Christine Yeo Sage is long blooming and features deep purple flowers with white eyes.

    Heat tolerant, cold hardy and drought resistant, this well-branched subshrub blooms like crazy and has deep green, rose-like leaves. It originated in horticulture writer Christine Yeo's garden in England. 

    This is an ideal Salvia for borders, edging, groundcover or entryway containers. Honeybees love Christine Yeo Sage, but deer avoid it.

    Highly recommended!
    $8.50
  • Salvia x 'John Whittlesey'

    (John Whittlesey Sage) Hardy, vigorous and long blooming, John Whittlesey Sage is a hybrid of D'Arcy's Sage (Salvia darcyi) -- a native of Mexico -- and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla), which is native to the American Southwest and Mexico.

    The long flowering season of this sage makes John Whittlesey Sage a garden favorite; it begins bursting with salmon-red blooms early in the growing season. You can grow it as a bedding plant in areas with winters cooler than those of USDA Zone 7. In warmer zones, this tidy sage is an herbaceous perennial.

    In coastal areas, John Whittlesey Sage is a great stand-in for the plethora of little-leaf species -- Mountain Sage, Autumn Sage (S. greggii )and Jame Sage (S. x jamensis) -- that often struggle with humidity. 

    Hummingbirds love the bright red flowers of this full-sun, heat-tolerant plant that makes a tall but effective groundcover. However, it is generally used in mixed borders. 

    Horticulturist Mike Thiede of Chico, California, developed this sage and named it for John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery in Oroville, California.

    $8.50
  • Salvia x 'Scarlet Spires'

    (Scarlet Spires Sage) This is a brilliant cross between the sturdy D'Arcy's Sage (Salvia darcyi) and the beautifully colored 'Raspberry Delight' Littleleaf Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Raspberry Delight').

    Sometimes children exceed the success of their parents, and that is the case with Scarlet Spires. This is one of our top hummingbird plants as well as one of our best Salvias for cut-flower gardens. It is a long-blooming choice with foot-tall spikes of large, scarlet flowers and attractive gray-green foliage.

    Drought tolerant and dramatic, it is ideal for massing, mixed borders or patio containers. Give it full sun and well-drained soil.

    Highly recommended!

    $8.50
  • Salvia x jamensis 'Golden Elk'

    (Golden Elk Hybrid Jame Sage) Golden Elk is a pale cream-and-rose flowered hybrid developed by Flowers by the Sea. It is more compact than Salvia x jamensis 'Sierra San Antonio', which it resembles. We think it also has better foliage and larger flowers.

    We love the way Golden Elk's glossy, dark green foliage and the way its flowers blush rosy red as they age, adding to the plant's charm. Golden Elk looks pretty in settings allowing close viewing, such as in patio containers or edging a pathway.

    At our farm on the cool and humid Northern California coast, Golden Elk grows better than many Jame Sages, which are hybrid members of the Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) group. Jame Sage is often pastel unlike most Autumn and Mountain sages.

    Native to Mexico and the American Southwest, Jame Sage occurs in areas where the closely related species of Autumn Sage and Mountain Sage meet, such as near the Village of Jame in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains or on our farm.

    Similar to most Jame Sages, Golden Elk is long-blooming, heat tolerant and drought resistant. However, it is also exceptionally cold hardy. Give it plenty of sun, but if you live in an area with extremely hot summers, choose a location offering some afternoon shade.

    Honeybees and butterflies highly recommend it as do humans, but deer resist its charms.

    Highly recommended.
    $8.50
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Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.


  1. Go tubular. Hummingbirds need tubular flowers that are easy for long, thin beaks to access.
  2. Provide lots of color. Think of yourself as a cafeteria manager who needs to provide many tempting choices in order to attract business. Red, pink, orange and purple sages are particularly powerful hummingbird magnets.
  3. Keep your garden blooming. Plant a variety of Salvias based not only on color but also a broad span of bloom times. Many flower from spring into fall. Others are prolific fountains of nectar for shorter seasons. Numerous winter-blooming species are available for areas that are home to hummingbirds year round.
  4. Grow sages native to the Western Hemisphere. Although hummingbirds will take advantage of many kinds of tubular flowering plants, these tiny birds are native to the Western Hemisphere and prefer flowering plants native to their half of the world.
  5. Select Salvia companion plants. Hummingbirds appreciate a variety of favorite tubular-flowered plants.
  6. Plant hummingbird gardens near cover. Trees and bushes surrounding feeding areas provide protection from predators and chilly, rainy weather.
  7. Don't use pesticides. Insects provide protein for hummingbirds, so don't kill these food sources.
  8. Provide water. Hummingbirds frolic in misters and shallow birdbaths.
  9. Supplement plantings with feeder tubes. Change the sugar water every few days and don't add food coloring. Keep the feeders clean, but don't scrub them with soaps or detergents. Here is more feeder care information.
  10. Read more. Our Everything Salvias Blog offers a number of articles about hummingbirds.
Hey, got any greens?

If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.


  1. Mask smells that deer like with aromatic sages. Deer and other members of the Cervidae family, such as elk, mostly leave Salvias alone. One theory is that they don't like the fragrance or taste of sage chemicals. Strategically planting sages near vegetable gardens or fruit trees -- elixir to deer -- may prevent consumption.
  2. Grow hedges including Salvias. Prickly hedges, including hairy-leafed Salvias and exceptionally thorny roses, can discourage deer from entering your yard. They don't like the mouth-feel of those textures. Tall hedges also hide strawberry beds and other yummy plantings from view.
  3. Don't overplant one species. Grow a variety of Salvias in case local deer take an unexpected liking to one species of sage.
  4. Fence deer out. Install electric fences or 8-foot wood or metal fences around particularly vulnerable areas. Make sure electric fencing is turned on during the peak feeding seasons of early spring and late fall.
  5. Use motion-detection tools. Install outdoor lighting that is activated by movement.
  6. Let the dogs out. Deer are especially wary of large dogs.
  7. Surround and cover. Wrap tough plastic around the trunks of trees that have tasty bark and cover foliage with bird netting when trees and bushes are fruiting.
  8. Change yard ornaments periodically. Objects such as scarecrows, statuary and cordons of monofilament string with strips of shiny foil attached cause deer to shy away.
  9. Make safe choices. Research repellants you plan to use to make sure they aren't poisonous.
  10. Be flexible and ready to share a bit. There is no such thing as a completely deer-resistant garden.

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