Salvia penstemonoides

Beardtongue Red Sage

 
 
Pink Salvia penstemonoides, Salvia penstemonoides, Beardtongue Red Sage

Exclusive. Salvia penstemonoides was thought to be extinct in its native habitat until its recent re-discovery. From a handsome mound of glossy, evergreen foliage, the plant grows stately flowering spikes that bloom much of the summer with spectacular dark rose-red Penstemon-like flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Regular Price: $9.99

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per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good for Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL8Y51

Details

24-30" tall x 12-15" wide (seed propagated). Salvia penstemonoides was thought to be extinct in its native habitat until its recent re-discovery in a few isolated locations in south-central Texas. After obtaining stock from a 1996 plant sale at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we are finally able to offer our customers this rare and exquisite wildflower. From a handsome mound of glossy, evergreen foliage, the plant grows stately flowering spikes that bloom much of the summer with spectacular dark rose-red Penstemon-like flowers. Plant it in moisture-retentive garden soil in a wind-protected site. Yellow flowered Aquilegia chrysantha makes an ideal companion plant.
SKU HBL8Y51
Common Name Beardtongue Red Sage
Botanical Name Salvia penstemonoides
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Good for Containers
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert
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.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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bit and showy!

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from Lubbock, Texas

About Me Master Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Back Of Garden
    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia penstemonoides:

    This salvia must love our West Texas clay, heat, winds, and drought because it gets over five feet tall rather than the 24-30 inches listed. At that height it needs really sturdy staking - a tomato cage would not be amiss though tyey are ugly, and I use a six foot wrought iron double trellis plus have the plant in front of a tall brick wall to keep it from falling over from the weight of the blooms. It looks very good with the tall dahlias planted on either side since they also reach the same height and come in a number of complementary colors. After our first hard freeze I cut it back to the basal growth and that stays green all through our winter cold and blizzards. A great plant, which takes more room than one might think!

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    Attractive

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    from rogersville mo

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    • Attractive
    • Healthy

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      • Garden
      • Lawn
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia penstemonoides:

      attractive, will see it makes it through a zone 6 winter.

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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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