‘Groovy Magenta’ Autumn Sage
Salvia greggii ‘Groovy Magenta’
Salvia greggii A.Gray is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Salvia. It was named and described by Asa Gray in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1870.
Asa Gray was considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.
The genus, Salvia L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 1,015 species in the Salvia genus (as of 2-16-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 236 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made (and likely will).
Salvia greggii is native to Texas and northeast Mexico.
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I brought this Salvia greggii ‘SallyG™ Groovy Magenta’ home from Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi in 2012 while living at the mansion. When I did my initial research for my first blog, there was much more information about this cultivar than now. It is like it disappeared from existence. Well, out with the old and in with the new, huh?
Origin: The species is native to Texas and Northeast Mexico.
Zones: USDA Zones 5a-11?
Size: 18-24” tall.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Average, well-drained soil.
Water: Average water needs.
The Salvia greggii ‘SallyG™ Groovy Magenta’ was a very good performer in the backyard where it received pretty much full sun most of the season. That is until the plants in the garden grew taller.
Salvia greggii grow well in sun to part shade but flower best in more sun. They like well-drained soil and are drought tolerant but appreciate regular watering. They also produce more flowers if the soil is fairly moist.
Salvia greggii is enjoyed by hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees and they will flower right up to frost. In areas where you don’t get a frost, they will flower until cooler weather and decreasing daylength slows them down.
Although a perennial, if they die back during the winter they may not return in the spring. Dead stems of Salvia greggii and other species of Salvia should not be removed until new growth emerges in the spring.
I enjoyed growing this Salvia cultivar so I will bring another one home if I run across it again There are MANY cultivars of Salvia greggii available to choose from including a few with white flowers.
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