Bright cherry red, 1" long tubular, two-lipped, nectar rich flowers are produced in spikes beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Cherry Chief Salvia develops into a naturally rounded mound covered in flowers on this excellent perennial Salvia hybrid. Use Cherry Chief in medium sized containers for a low maintenance show that will bring the pollinators in close or use it in the garden and landscape in a sunny, well-drained location. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees.
Autumn Sage, and its hybrids, are easy and drought resistant shrub-like and generally evergreen perennial native to southwestern North America. Full sun and excellent drainage generally provide the best results. Established plants require little additional maintenance once established but may benefit from a light summer shearing. They can also be pruned in spring just before growth begins again. Some sources suggest that no fertilizer is required or desired once established. The 1" long flowers are well suited for pollination by hummingbirds, butterflies, and long tongued bees.
For more information on growing Salvia greggii and its hybrids see Dr. William C. Welch's article "Autumn Sage: Salvia greggii" from the Texas Cooperative Extension. Dr. Welch is a Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M.
Grows To: 24-36"H x 30-40"W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Soil & Moisture: Well-draining, dry to average moist soils. Moderately drought resistant once well-established.
Salt Tolerance: Slight
Deer Resistance: Not Normally Bothered
Native To / Origin: US Gardens - Dr. Richard F. Dufresne - mid to late 1980's
See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions