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Products > Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'
 
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' - Magenta Red Texas Sage
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Magenta
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' (Magenta Red Autumn Sage) - A durable selection of the evergreen subshrub that is native throughout southwest Texas and into Mexico. Light green glabrous leaves vary in length from 3/4 to one inch long. It is an upright plant growing to three to 4 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with aromatic light green glabrous narrow 3/4 to 1 inch long leaves growing to 2 to 3 feet tall by about the same width. The 1 inch long magenta red flowers clothe the branch tips throughout summer and into fall/autumn until short days and cool weather slow then stop their production. Ideally suited to full sun in a well-drained soil with only occasional irrigation. It is cold hardy into the high teens and useful in USDA Zones 7 and above. This is an attractive and tough drought tolerant plant that draws hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden, yet is not that attractive to browsing animals such as deer. This cultivar was selected by the noted plantsman W.A. Furman of Kerrville, Texas in the 1970's and it remains to this day as one of the best and most vigorous of the Salvia greggii cultivars. The species Salvia greggii is naturally found at elevations from 5000-9000 feet in the mountains and rocky slopes of Mexico and southwest Texas. The name Salvia comes from the name used by Pliny for a plant in the genus and comes from the Latin word 'salvere' meaning "to save" in reference to the long-believed healing properties of several Sage species. The specific epithet honors Josiah Gregg, (1806-1850), an American Naturalist who traveled through Texas in the early 1840s, recording the geology, geography and plants all that he saw in his Commerce of the Prairies and later joined a botanical expedition to western Mexico and California. Salvia greggii is commonly called Autumn Sage since it blooms through to first frost but also Texas Sage, but this can confuse it with Leucophyllum frutescens, which shares this common name. We have grown this great cultivar since 1990 from plants first purchased from Monrovia Nursery in 1989. We also grow the very durable white autumn sage Salvia greggii 'Alba' This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'.
 
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