(Trinity Mountain Sage) Heat and drought tolerant, this Salvia microphylla is native to Northeastern Mexico where summers are dry and temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees F. It can survive winter temperatures down to 0 degrees.
|Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
|Trinity Mountain Sage
|USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
|7 - 9
|Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
|Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
|Full sun to partial shade
|Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
|Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
|Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
|Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
|Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
|2 to 3 feet
|Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
|3 to 4 feet
(Trinity Mountain Sage) Heat and drought tolerant, this Salvia microphylla is native to Northeastern Mexico where summers are dry and temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees. It can survive winter temperatures down to 0 degrees F.
Yucca-Do Nursery of Texas found this superior Mountain Sage amid the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains of Nuevo Leon where summers are hot and dry and winters are much cooler as well as damp.
At 24 inches tall and 48 inches wide when mature, Trinity Mountain Sage is an ideal groundcover for hot summers across the Southwest and Texas. It features fine green foliage and bright pink flowers that turn a bit violet in cooler weather. The blossoms are large and numerous. In USDA Zones 7 to 9, they bloom almost nonstop from spring to fall when temperatures drop into the mid-20 degree range.
Despite being well suited for a dry garden, Trinity Mountain Sage also does well with regular watering. Give it full sun to partial shade. It's adaptable to many kinds of soil, but needs good drainage. Add this pretty sage to short, mixed borders or use it to edge pathways.