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Salvia greggii alba - White Texas Sage

Salvia greggii comes from the Southwest. I plant Texas Sage in full sun. Less than exposures will make for leggy plants with few blooms. Salvia greggii alba plants are very drought tolerant once established but look better with a little water. Salvia greggii cultivars need regular shearing to keep the dry calyxes off and has a relatively short life span of 3-5 years if not renewed by hard pruning. The branches are quite brittle. I often lose portions of at least a few plants when carrying them in the truck even though I pack them carefully. If you treat right Salvia greggii alba puts out more color than almost any other plant on the block. The Texas Sage prefers drip irrigation, as overhead water rots the crown. I have not had Salvia greggii alba complain about the weather. It is hard to out-brag a Texan. The literature says 15 degrees and we have not gotten that cold yet. Texas Sage plants are more likely to rot with cold damp weather in our area.

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Salvia greggii alba