THESE MEXICAN SAGE PLANTS Salvia leucantha ARE GROWN WITH CUTTINGS FROM MY PARENT PLANT $12 EACH OR $10 EACH IF YOU BUY 5 OR MORE, Add $12 pack/standard post to the order
There is so much to love about the Mexican bush sage. First off, no one can deny the beauty of the velvety light purple flower spikes. But it’s also the gray-green foliage, the drought-tolerance, the pest resistance, and the romantic, billowy growth habit that makes the Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) so adored.
A native of Mexico, this heat-lover with gray-green leaves thrives in hot summers
Mexican bush sage reaches a height and width of 4 to 5 feet with a soft, open growth habit. The tapered leaves are a silvery-green on the bottom and a medium green on top.
Unlike culinary sages, the leaves of this Saliva species are not flavorful. Instead, it’s grown for its good looks. In the autumn, the plants produce spires of fuzzy, light purple and white bicolor flowers that are long-lasting and prolific.
Their nectar is adored by hummingbirds and bees alike. Yes, this is a plant that requires patience because it really doesn’t strut its stuff until late in the growing season but trust me…It’s worth waiting for!
If you’re going to try your hand at growing Mexican bush sage, pick a spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. The hotter the better for this beauty. Since it’s drought tolerant and loves full sun, a site adjacent to a hot asphalt driveway, in a well-drained sunny border, or in a patio pot is ideal.
If the plant doesn’t receive enough sun, it won’t bloom well (and might not bloom at all). A perfect choice for dry-climate gardens, this evergreen shrubby perennial needs plenty of room to spread its wings so choose a site with ample space for its projected mature width and height. It does not like heavy soils or those that are poorly drained.
Water your newly planted Salvia leucantha plants deeply and thoroughly every few days for the first month after planting. Surround the plant with a light layer of organic mulch. After that point, the roots have become more established and can handle an increasingly longer amount of time without water.
You only need to make sure it has adequate water until it is established. Reduce watering over time until you are only irrigating during times of drought. Remember, this is a very drought-tolerant plant that thrives in hot conditions so babying it with lots of water isn’t necessary and may prove counterproductive.
Mexican bush sage is genetically programmed to bloom later in the season, so dousing it with fertilizers will not make it bloom earlier. However, using a liquid organic fertilizer every few weeks throughout the growing season or adding a few tablespoons of a granular organic fertilizer once every 6 weeks from the time of planting .
That will help the plant grow larger and fuller. Since the blooms are produced on the terminal points of all the branches, the more branches the plant has, the more blooms it is likely to produce. That being said, the plant will bloom just fine without a regular fertilization program, but there’s a good chance it will generate more blooms if it’s regularly fed.
Interestingly, Mexican bush sage does not produce viable seeds in quantities that are substantial enough to collect and plant (or sell), though it does occasionally self-sow in warmer gardens.
If you are purchasing starter plants from a nursery, they have almost always been started from cuttings taken from a mother plant. If you’d like, you can turn that one nursery-grown plant you purchase into several plants by taking cuttings of your own. Growing Mexican bush sage from cuttings is an easy process.
Growing Mexican Bush Sage from Cuttings
To grow Mexican bush sage from cuttings, use a sharp pair of scissors to remove a 3 to 4-inch-long piece of stem from a mother plant. Remove all but the top pair of leaves. Dip the bottom ½” of the stem into rooting hormone and insert the base of the stem into a pot of soil mix
Place the pot in a sunny window or under grow lights. Keep the cutting well-watered and cover the entire pot and cutting with a clear plastic bag for 3 to 4 weeks, until new roots have formed. Once the cutting has roots, you can plant it out into your garden.
Make a medicinal herbal tea from its leaves
The Mexican bush sage, also known as the Salvia leucantha, is a beautiful and fragrant herb that has many uses. The bush sage can be used as a decoration in your home or garden, as it is a beautiful plant with purple and white flowers.
The bush sage can also be used in cooking, as it has a strong flavor that can enhance many dishes. The bush sage can also be used for medicinal purposes, as it has many properties that can help to heal the body. Leaf material & seeds are at times available
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