White Autumn Sage – Salvia Greggii “Alba”

White Autumn Sage – “Alba” is a marvelous Texas native, that also goes by the common name “Texas Wedding”.  It is perennial, and blooms all year long.  It can be used in a border, as a blooming perennial, and can also function as a small-to-medium shrub.

If you use it as a shrub, you will need to plan on pruning it regularly so that it puts on lots of foliage, and stays green, and compact in form.

Plant White Autumn Sage – “Alba” – near your patio, by the entrance to your home, or along a pathway where you can enjoy it’s lovely fragrance.  The snapdragon-like blooms attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

Growing Conditions:

Light requirement:  Full sun, partial sun

Water use:  Low

Soil moisture:  Dry

Type of soil:  Well-draining; sandy, rocky/gravelly

Plant Characteristics:

Family:        Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee)

Genus:         Salvia (SAL-vee-uh)

Species:       greggii (GREG-ee-eye)

Duration:    Perennial / Shrub

Habit:          Shrub

Size:             Up to 5′ tall, 2-4′ wide

Care and Maintenance

We have had Autumn Sage “Alba” in our gardens since 2008 and they have never stopped blooming.  This is a terrific plant for North Texas.  You can virtually ignore this plant and still have beautiful blooms.

If you want to allow it to form a natural shape, and allow it to grow to full size (about 5′ tall and 3-4′ wide), you will only need to cut it back a couple times a year.  Spring and fall will be sufficient.

For a more compact, or trained shape, you can prune your Autumn Sage by up to 1/3 of it’s overall size every few months.  Just watch for new growth — of foliage and blooms — before you prune again.  (New growth is how you know your plant has recovered from the prior pruning session.)