Origin: Native of Mexico
Light: Sun-part shade
Blooms: Floriferous, repeated blooms, blue violet, lime green calyces, late Summer till frost
Foliage: Pale gray green
Soil: Well-drained, rich, mildly acidic, neutral, alkaline
Uses: Perennial, hummingbird garden, butterfly garden, cut flowers
Propagation: Stem cuttings, seeds (Sow direclty onto ground in Fall
Comments: Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' or Mexican Sage is a perennial with a moderate growth habit. It originates from Mexico. From late Summer till Fall, Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' repeatedly produces showy foot-long spikes of blue violet tubular blossoms with striking lime green calyces, followed later by seeds. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are magnetized by the long blooming, nectar-rich blossoms. The cut flowers makes a lovely bouquet. Mexican Sage has lovely pale gray green foliage. It is easily propagated from stem cuttings or seeds. Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' thrives best in well-drained mildly acidic, neutral or mildly alkaline soil in a sunny environment with moderate watering. Mass plant Mexican Sage in the perennial bed for a striking display. It can also be container cultivated. Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' self sows readily and soon forms a nice clump. Protect plant from wind as plant has brittle branches. Mexican Sage is an easy plant for the Summer garden. It attracts a lot of foot traffic. Mexican Sage is grown as an annual in colder areas.
USDA Zones: 7-11
JennysGarden.com...Plant images and gardening descriptions of Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' (Mexican Sage) growing in Jenny's Garden
Image of butterfly and hummingbird attractor, Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' or Mexican Sage
Image above shows the green calyces of Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'
Image above shows the exquisite blue-violet blossoms of Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'