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Salvia mexicana ‘Tula’
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Salvia

Sage

Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.

Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.

Salvia mexicana ‘Tula’ full sun

Collected by the astute folks at Texas’s Yucca-Do nursery, ‘Tula’ wields brighter yellow calyxes plus a larger habit than its botanical rival Salvia ‘Limelight’. Nectar-rich deep blue-violet flowers along with the contrasting close-knit chartreuse calyxes embellish dazzling long spires, seducing plant enthusiasts, hummingbirds and butterflies alike. A bushy gathering of light-colored thick branching stems, draped in broad soft gray-green foliage, this leafy late season prismatic Salvia spices up mixed plantings, requires winter protection below 20 degrees and benefits from periodic spring and summer pruning.

Blooms August–early November

Size: 7' 0" high x 7' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.

Salvia mexicana ‘Tula’ (P-1899)
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