Mexican Bush Sage Scientific name: Salvia leucantha
History/general species info: There are at least 900 recognized species of Salvia worldwide and they exist on every continent but Australia. Structurally, they have some universal features including: square stems, opposite leaves which are often aromatic, and uneven, two-lipped flowers of varying sizes and colors. The genus name Salvia comes from the Latin word salveo meaning "to save or heal", in reference to the purported medically curative properties attributed to some plants in the genus.
Characteristics: Small robust shrub. Evergreen perennial. Deer resistant. Xeriscape. Drought tolerant. Moderate growth in sand. Hardy to 15º. Silver foliage. Texas Superstar®. It isn’t easy to become a Texas Superstar® plant. Only the toughest, most reliable and best-looking plants make the cut. Every plant earning the Texas Superstar® designation undergoes several years of extensive field trials by Texas A&M. Deer resistant. This drought-hardy perennial has soft green foliage with a slight silvery tint. In fall, it produces beautiful cascades of velvety purple flowers that attract butterflies and other beneficial wildlife.Useful in cut flower arrangements fresh and when dried retain flower colors
Native: no; Mexico
Flower: yes, purple
Planting / Care: Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Cut back hard, to 3-4" after flowering to keep plants compact and to promote rebloom. Does well in all soils. Average water needs, but don’t overwater.