How to Grow Mexican Sage

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Mexican sage, also known as Salvia leucantha and Delilah is an evergreen shrub in zones 8 through 11 and can be grown as an annual in other zones. It typically grows 4 to 5 feet tall and branches out to around 3 or 4 feet in diameter. In the fall, Mexican sage makes a showy display when each branch makes spikes of small purple and white flowers.

  • Plant Mexican sage in well drained soil in the early spring. You can also plant Mexican sage in the fall if you live in zones 8 through 11 where it can survive the winters.

  • Choose an area that gets full sun or partial shade. People often choose to plant Mexican sage in their perennial herb or vegetable garden. The Mexican sage adds nice color to the garden at the end of the growing season when most of your herbs and vegetables are done growing.

  • Place your plants approximately 5 feet apart to allow them enough space to grow to their full 3 or 4 foot diameter. Crowding your Mexican sage not only limits their growth, but also increases the chance for disease and pests.

  • Water your Mexican sage regularly until it is established. After that, it is only necessary to water it during dry spells.

  • Prune your Mexican sage down to 6 inches after it is done flowering in the fall, or prune it during the winter months. Do not do heavy cutting of your plants in the heat of the summer. If your Mexican sage shows signs of early growth in the Spring and nights are still getting cold with a chance of frost, cover the plants at night.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mexican sage is deer resistant.

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