Elk Rainbow Sage Picture Gallery

Add Jame Sages to your list of the best long blooming perennials for drought and heat tolerance. When most Salvia gardeners think about Salvia x jamensis, they visualize pastels. However, varieties are rapidly expanding to contain a broader range of colors from soft to intense and bright.

An example is our FBTS series of Elk Rainbow Sages, which include bright solids, soft pastels and glowing bicolors in blues, pinks, purples, oranges, reds, yellows and whites. The colors of these hybrid members of the Autumn and Mountain Sage Group (S. greggii and S. microphylla spp.) depend on the Salvias that crossed to create them.

Elk Rainbow Jame Sages are ideal plants for dry gardens that receive little supplemental watering. They are native to the American Southwest and Mexico. Pollinators love them, so they are excellent choices for wildlife garden design.


Related Blog entries for plants in the Elk Rainbow Sage Picture Gallery

Cultivating Color: Tracking the Elusive History of Autumn & Mountain Sage Warm Pastel Hybrids -- Part I:

Whether planned or accidental, hybrids happen. This is especially true among the closely related Southwestern and Mexican species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). They are native to different areas of the Southwest and Mexico, but cross freely when they meet. This story is the first installment in a two-part series initiating our Cultivating Color series. It involves the late Dr. Richard F. Dufresne, a Salvia specialist who helped us track the history of warm-colored S. x jamensis hybrids.

Cultivating Color: Tracking the Elusive History of Autumn & Mountain Sage Warm Pastel Hybrids -- Part II:

Luminous Salvia x jamensis pastel flowers began warming up nursery catalogs in the late 1990s. Their journey from steep Mexican mountains to American and European gardens began in the mid-19th century with the discovery of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). This is the second post in a two-part article about these Jame Sage hybrids of Autumn and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). It includes descriptions of ten favorite Jame Sages.

Properties for plants in the Elk Rainbow Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia x 'Elk Lemon Light' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Greenish Yellow Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE 'Ignition White' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Yellowish Green Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE® 'Ignition Purple' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Bella Rosa' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Purplish Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Plum Parfait' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Purplish Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Light Purplish Pink Grayish Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Chantily Lace' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Crimson King' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Blue Note' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Elk Screamin' Scarlet' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE 'Ignition Fuchsia' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Grayish Reddish Bro Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Raspberry Moose' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Morning Sun' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Blue Moon III' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Grape Ape' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Smokey Grape' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Pink Cloud II' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors