Salvia mexicana Limelight

Limelight Mexican Sage

 
Blue Salvia mexicana Limelight, Salvia mexicana Limelight, Limelight Mexican Sage

The uniquely colored flower spikes of Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' , a fall blooming Mexican Sage, are an eye popping combination of chartreuse bracts and deep blue flowers.

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Regular Price: $11.99

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per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 8 - 10
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL6Y51

Details

3-6' x 3-6' wide. The incredible flower spikes of this fall blooming Sage are an eye popping combination of chartreuse and deep blue. While Salvia mexicana 'Limelight' (Limelight Mexican Sage) is not very cold-hardy outdoors, this cultivar is an easy-to-grow patio container plant that can be brought indoors for winter, like a geranium. In mild winter climates, it is a large, showy garden specimen.
SKU HBL6Y51
Common Name Limelight Mexican Sage
Botanical Name Salvia mexicana Limelight
Zones 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 3-6' tall
Mature Spread 3-6' wide
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

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4.6

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5.0

taller than I expected

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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia mexicana Limelight:

These have grown quickly and much taller (5 ft) than I expected. I'm just now beginning to get some blooms for this year (second summer) and I'm eager to see them. The blooms are striking in their color contrast.

 
4.0

Fast Growing!

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from Huntington Beach, California

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia mexicana Limelight:

    This is a beautiful plant with large deep green leaves and lovely bright purple extentions arising out of the blooms. It grows very fast, just be sure to start pinching the tops from the start to create a strong and full plant. I've even started other plants from cuttings. A real beauty for the garden. It has grown to 4'high x 3'wide.

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    5.0

    Uniquely beautiful, very hardy

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    from Corrales, NM

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia mexicana Limelight:

      This plant did extremely well its first year - can't wait to see it next season. The mix of green leaves, lime green flower stalks and purple flowers is striking.

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      4.0

      Tall and a show off

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      from Snohomish,WA

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia mexicana Limelight:

        Last year I planted this too late to get full bloom. Will start earlier this year if it does not overwinter.

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        5.0

        Stunning!

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia mexicana Limelight:

          In my climate it blooms in fall and makes a wonderful addition to my beds!

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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