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Interesting Facts

Salvia is the largest genus in the Mint family at around 900 species. The flowers of Sage plants attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Most Sages have very aromatic foliage. The genus name Salvia is derived from the Latin term "salvare" which means "to heal" or "to save".

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Texas Sage   Furman's Red (Salvia greggii)

Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' is an extremely long blooming selection that is hardy to zone 5! The crimson to scarlet flowers are produced in repeated flushes from May through October. Hummingbirds love the intense color and delicious nectar this Salvia offers up!!! Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' is a woody perennial that looks best if cut back severely in the early spring.

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Plant Types: Herb, Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Full Sun
Height: 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet
Width: 1 foot 6 inches
Zones: 5a to 10b
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Seasons: Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Deer resistant, Fragrant foliage, North American native, Rabbit resistant
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Plant sages in areas with good air circulation to prevent mold germination. Sow seeds of annuals in spring (don't allow the average temperature to dip below 60ºF); biennials in containers in summer; and perennials in containers in spring.


Good to harvest before the plant blooms in summer.  For the best flavor, cut stems in the morning, after the dew has dried.  After cleaning the stems, use them fresh or allow them to dry in a dark, ventilated place and hang them upside down.  Once the leaves have dried, crumple them and store in an airtight jar.  Will keep for up to 3 years.

Plant Growth:

Most every sage plant thrives in full sun. Provide low to moderate humidity. Keep the soil around the roots cool.  For continual harvest through winter, remove sage from the ground in late fall and pot up in containers.


Flowers are 2-lipped and range in color from white, yellow, salmon, pink, red and scarlet. For continued blooming, deadhead flowers.

Soil and Irrigation:

Sages require good drainage, especially when they reach the wintertime.  Freezes are more lethal when sages are sitting in soggy soils.  Prefers rich loam. 


Once per month provide a complete and balanced liquid fertilizer to the soil.


Prune in spring. Remove branches that ruin symmetry of the shrub. Otherwise, they need minimal pruning.


Sages are susceptible to mildew and other fungal diseases. Aphids, mealybugs, spider mites and whiteflies.