Description: Height, spread, bloom
Autumn sage is a soft, mounding shrub normally 60-90 cm tall, and less in width, with small, minty aromatic green leaves that are evergreen in warmer climates. The flowers are borne on racemes from spring to frost and can be red, pink, purple, orange, or white.
Propagate salvia from soft wood cuttings in the spring. Applying a root stimulator to the cutting will stimulate growth.
Season for planting
Requirements: location, soil, light, water, frost, warnings
Autumn sage must have a well-drained site and cannot take shrink-swell clay soils. Though generally cold tolerant, it will be deciduous in regions with extremely cold winters. Avoid planting it near heavy foot traffic because the stems are very brittle.
It blooms repeatedly all year round.
Diseases and other problems
It is quite disease and insect-free, but aphids and spider mites may become invasive
By periodically pinching off its tips you will encourage even more continuous blooms. It is drought tolerant and once established it requires minimal water and care and should not be fertilized.
Benefits for bees
It has a long blooming season supplying plenty of nectar and pollen.