Salvia microphylla Kunth.

Cherry Sage

Variable woody perennial herb or subshrub to 1m or so tall. Leaves ovate to elliptic, to about 4 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, margin with more or less rounded teeth. Flowers in long clusters, each verticillaster of 2 or occasionally 4 flowers; late spring through summer to autumn. Corolla to 2 cm or so long, pink, purple, magenta or deep red. [S. grahamii Benth.]

SW USA, Mexico

var. neurepia (Fern.) Epling., Delta Leaf Sage. Leaves larger, deltoid. Flowers red.


S. ×jamensis J. Compton is a hybrid, S. microphylla × S. greggii, and selections of this cross are sometimes available, including S. 'Iced Lemon', S. 'Sensation' and S. 'Sierra Pink', all introduced by Sue Templeton.

Source: Garnett, L.; Ellis, G.; Spencer, R.; Templeton, S. (2002). Salvia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Salvia microphylla 'Huntington'

Stems striped. Leaves small. Flowers red.

Possibly originating from the Huntington Botanical Gardens, California, USA.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Salvia L.