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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.)

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Blackfoot Daisy

A compact mounding, evergreen Texas native with fragrant, white, daisy-like blooms that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

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:         Asteraceae  (as-ter-AY-see-ee)

Genus:          Melampodium (mel-am-POH-dee-um)

Species:        leucanthum (loo-KAN-thum)

Duration:      Perennial

Habit:           Herb

Size:             Up to 1′ tall, 1-3′ wide

Care and Maintenance

In North Texas, Blackfoot Daisy will bloom most of the year.

Keep your plant tidy, and covered with blooms by cutting it back by several inches — overall — every few months from March through September.  (So, 4 or 5 times at least, through the warmest months).

If we have a warm winter, too, your plant may need to be cut back once or twice during the months from October through February.  Watch the weather forecast, though.  Do not prune your Blackfoot Daisy before predicted extreme cold weather, ice, freezing rain, or snow.

Once it is established in your landscape, BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OVER WATER THIS PLANT.  It does NOT like to be watered every day.  It is a drought-tolerant, true Texas native, and does not need to be watered except if we have extreme drought conditions.

THIS PLANT WILL NOT DO WELL IN A LOCATION THAT IS WATERED WITH A SPRINKLER OR DRIP SYSTEM ON A DAILY BASIS.

 

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