Salvia penstemonoides

Giant Red Texas Sage

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Item #: 4899

Zones: 6a to 9b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)


Salvia penstemonoides is a super rare native perennial sage from the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, that was presumed extinct until five small populations were rediscovered around 1980. This sage has a G1 Global Rarity Status, which is the rarest of the very rare, so we need as many people as possible to conserve this ex-situ. We are pleased to offer nursery seed-propagated plants. In appearance, the shiny green basal leaves resemble a penstemon, as do the cherry-red flowers atop 3' stalks (occasionally reaching 5') that top the clump from June through September. In the wild, it occurs in well-drained moist seeps. In the garden, we have found that a full-sun, well-drained but occasionally moist site is the perfect home to this long-lived sage.