February 4, 2023
Salvia darcyi

Salvia darcyi

Salvia darcyi is a herbaceous perennial shrub, it is bushy, clum-forming, and semi evergreen. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is native to Mexico, in particular in the eastern range of Mexican Sierra Madre Orientale. These species were originally discovered in 1991 and named by Dr. James Compton in honor of John D’arcy, a British botanist. It is also known as Darcy’s Mexican Sage, Darcy’s Sage, Fiery Sage, Galeana Red Sage or Red Mountain Sage.

Salvia darcyi
Salvia darcyi

Salvia darcyi can grow to 3ft or 90cm. The foliage is medium green, sticky, heart-shaped and aromatic. It produces open racemes of red flowers during summer and autumn. Propagate Salvia darcyi by seed, semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings or basal cuttings. Deadhead flowers for more flowers. Cut it back to about 15cm or 6in in early autumn for new growth in the new season. Plant it in the sun in moist, fertile but well drained soil. They are drought-tolerant but do prefer regular watering. Protect them from frost in the winter.

Salvia darcyi is generally disease-free, but watch out for leafhoppers, slugs or snails.

Salvia darcyi
Salvia darcyi
Salvia darcyi
Salvia darcyi at Kew Garden, London, UK

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