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Plants of the UNF Campus

Salvia leucantha - Mexican sage
Family Lamiaceae


Approximately 900 species of Salvia range around the world. Besides the use of several species as garden ornamentals, some are used as spices, foods, and aromatic oils. As its name indicates, the Mexican sage is native to Mexico. Leaves are gray-green. The white to purple flowers are held on purple spikes. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


See this plant on the west side of building 45 and southeast corner of building 1.


Herbaceous perennial to about three or four feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: very drought tolerant when established

Soil: well-drained, no special requirements

This is a very easy plant for sunny, dry spots in northeast Florida. It is a durable, drought-tolerant landscape plant that flowers in spring and fall. In a cold winter, it may freeze to the ground and resprout in spring. Gardeners should cut back leggy plants in spring to keep them full and compact.

Salvia leucantha