Salvia pentstemonoides (Big Red Sage)

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Synonym: Salvia penstemonoides

Big Red Sage is endemic to seeps on limestone ledges and banks along streams in central Edwards Plateau, and was once thought to be extinct. It does well in garden setting.  Its flowers are deep red to purplish red and they are very attractive to hummingbirds. Its leaves are similar to penstemon leaves, and when rubbed they have a citrus scent.

Big Red Sage needs well-draining soil. It thrives in part sun to part shade, although it can tolerate full sun with more water. It is a well-behaved garden plant and should be planted more.

 

AT A GLANCE

Texas native Yes
Water use Low to medium
Sun exposure Part sun to part shade
Bloom color Red
Bloom time Summer
Mature height 3 ft
Mature spread 2 ft
Attracts Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies
Edible Yes, leaves and flowers

 

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 Present in state
 Present in county and native
 Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state         
 Not present in state
 Present and rare, native in county
 Previously present, now extinct
 Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)