Salvia microphylla "San Carlos Festival" (Mountain Sage)
Because Salvia microphylla and Salvia greggii are similar, the two are often confused. The blooms are alike, but the foliage is quite different: Salvia microphylla has scented, round leaves that are soft and textured instead of smooth and oblong like those of Salvia greggii. The plants offered here are from cuttings from the one growing in my garden. A word about zones: This plant is usually recommended for Zones 7 and above, but I have had the same plant growing here in Zone 6 for at least five years, and it has pulled through every winter without protection. Salvia microphylla is a woody plant, growing to two feet, and it blooms all summer and well into fall. The flowers are a bright, pleasing red - the kind of red that really stands out in the border, but in a good way. Sun, Zones (6?) 7-10. Quarts.