Jame Sage Picture Gallery

Whether planned or accidental, hybrids happen. Salvia x jamensis are hybrids of the closely related Southwestern and Mexican species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla). Many are favorite butterfly and hummingbird gardening plants.

The Autumn and Mountain Group of sages are known for bright red, orange and purple flowers. But when they cross to form Salvia x jamensis, they often create mellow pastel hybrids. This is a rare event in the wild due to Salvia greggii and Salvia microphylla being native to different areas of the Southwest and Mexico.

In their homelands the two species meet in isolated mountain-top ridges called "sky islands." They also cross by chance, and by purpose, in plant nurseries and horticultural research programs.

We like to call Salvia x jamensis Jame Sages, because plant researchers in 1991 found the first swarm of these hybrids near the village of Jame (pronounced HA MAY) in northern Mexico.

In hot climates many grow these varieties in partial shade.


Related Blog entries for plants in the Jame Sage Picture Gallery

Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Deciduous, Woody Stem Sages:

Deadheading withered blossoms from deciduous woody stem Salvias like Autumn Sage makes them look tidy and repeat bloom during the growing season. A woody stem sage is a subshrub with partially woody growth.

New at FBTS: Suncrest Salvias:

Drought-resistant, heat-tolerant, vibrantly colored Suncrest Salvias (sages) have arrived at Flowers by the Sea and will be available for shipping in April. Suncrest Salvias are floriferous hybrids of species native to the American Southwest and Mexico, including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla), Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), Jame Sage (Salvia x jamensis) and Royal Purple Autumn Sage (Salvia muelleri).

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants for Garden Triumph:
Planning for Salvia garden success requires following the rule of selecting the right plant for the right place. Desert sages aren't appropriate for the damp Southeast. Moisture-loving ones aren't right for desert climates where they need lots of watering to survive. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers tips for selecting plants based on local climate. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog.
Properties for plants in the Jame Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Pink Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'California Sunset' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Full Moon' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Greenish Yellow Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
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 x jamensis 'Tangerine Ballet' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Caviar' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Red Dark Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Shell Dancer' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * 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 'Dancing Dolls' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Pale Orangish Yellow Light Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Fancy Dancer' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Golden Girl' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Light Greenish Yellow Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Orchid Glow' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Red 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 jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Strong Yellowish Green 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 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