Salvia species

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Scientific Name Salvia coccinea USDA PLANTS Symbol
SACO5
Common Name Tropical Sage, Blood Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32682
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Erect perennial 1 to 3 feet tall, multiple branches in upper portion; deltoid, veined leaves 2-3/4 inches long with rounded teeth along edges; bright red to dark scarlet [rarely pink or white] 5-petal flowers in well-separated clusters of 2 to 6 along a raceme. Descr. excerpt from "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Salvia greggii USDA PLANTS Symbol
SAGR4
Common Name Autumn Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32689
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Erect, soft, mounding shrub 2 to 3 feet tall; small, aromatic green leaves, evergreen; flowers borne on racemes from spring to frost and can be red, pink, purple, orange, or white. Popular landscape plant in Central Texas. Descr. excerpt from www.wildflower.org. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Salvia penstemonoides USDA PLANTS Symbol
SAPE6
Common Name Big Red Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
504997
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Missouri Bot. Garden Ref.
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Description Habitat: Rocky areas along seeps or creeks.
Plant: Erect, strong, perennial with multiple stems up to 3 or more feet tall.
Leaves: Narrow stem leaves opposite, lanceolate and dark green.
Inflorescence: Two-lipped, dark red penstemon-like flowers, each 1 to 1-1/2 inches long in spikes 8 to 12 inches long.
References: Descr. adapted from www.missouribotanicalgarden.org and www.wikipedia.org.
Notes: Found in only a few areas on the Edwards Plateau. Thought to be extinct until the 1980s when it was rediscovered my Marshall Enquist. Photos below taken at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Salvia regla USDA PLANTS Symbol
SARE4
Common Name Mountain Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32738
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Wooded, rocky slopes at mid- to higher elevations in the Chisos Mtns of Big Bend, and northern Mexico.
Plant: Leafy shrub with many basal stems, 2 to 6 feet tall.
Leaves: Dark green deltoid or ovate leaves up to 2 inches long with coarsely-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Clusters of one or two two-lipped, scarlet flowers, up to 2 inches long at the end of stems.
References: Descr. adapted from "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Salvia roemeriana USDA PLANTS Symbol
SARO3
Common Name Cedar Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
504998
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Erect to reclining perennial with stems 1 to 2 feet long; leaves hairy, upper leaves rounded heart-shaped with scalloped edges on long petioles; lower leaves sometimes compound; bright red 1 to 1-1/4 inch flowers loosely spaced along a long raceme. Descr. excerpt from "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist. Often found as an understory plant near ash junipers (cedar trees). Texas Status
Native

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