(Creeping Mexican Sage) Thick, heavily textured and nearly round, the foliage of this gently creeping perennial is as showy as its tall spikes of large orange flowers that bloom in fall. This is a water-loving species from Oaxaca, Mexico.
The appellation "Stolonifera" in its scientific name refers to above-ground runners called stolons, which cause the plant to spread and gradually form a dense mat. This makes it a fine groundcover.
Creeping Mexican Sage also looks pretty in a container or along a pathway -- places where you can appreciate its beauty up close. Even if this sage didn't flower much we would grow it for the handsome leaves.
Although tolerant of full sun, this species appreciates partial shade. Give it ample water and rich, well-drained soil. It is ideal for damp woodland gardens in mild climates.
Although we know that Creeping Mexican Sage does well in USDA Zones 9 to 11, we have also received reports of it surviving winters in colder areas. If you try it in a region with chillier winter weather, please let us know the results.