Mexican Sage

I have 2 mexican sage plants. Each about 2 ft tall. I want to plant them in the ground but I live in Humbolt County, Northern California, and am afraid the cold will kill them. Is it safe to plant them?
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  • Jenn Jenn on Oct 03, 2013
    I looked up some information and this is what I had found. It's not much but I hope that it helps you out. Go to:

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 04, 2013
    I assume the Mexican sage you are referring to is Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha), which is only hardy to zone 8. If you don't know your zone, put in your Zip Code on this site:

    • Judy Judy on Oct 05, 2013
      @Douglas Hunt I really like the interactive map at this website even if the captcha is difficult sometimes.

  • Betty Koutsos Betty Koutsos on Oct 04, 2013
    /I would like the answer to this also, I was given Mexican Petunia what can I do to keep them alive during winter

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 05, 2013
      @Betty Koutsos You should post your question as a new question using the red "post & ask" button at the top of the page. More people will see it that way and be able to offer suggestions.

  • Barbara Aubrey Barbara Aubrey on Oct 05, 2013
    Looks like you are just skirting planting zone 7 which is the suggested furthest area for Mexican Sage - it can tolerate high elevations so you should be OK - I would not plant it on the north side of the house to be on the safe side unless you have a wind break - not many trees in the area around Lubbock to break that wind.

  • Patricia Patricia on Oct 05, 2013
    Mexican Sage grows so fast and big that I always wonder why cooler zone gardeners don't just grow them as annuals--??

  • Nanette Cummings Nanette Cummings on Oct 05, 2013
    This is why I wanted this plant as we have such a big yard and all the trees were cut down. This will add grace and color. Guess I will keep it in planter in greenhouse for the winter as it does get cold here and I don't want to loose them. Can't wait for spring now so I can plant them....LOL

  • Nanette Cummings Nanette Cummings on Oct 06, 2013
    I am in zone 9 ......................

  • Patricia Patricia on Oct 06, 2013
    I'm in 9B in the old zone system and 10 in the newer "climate change" version and, while the mature stems of my Mexican sage plants get frost damage, the clumps send up new growth each year. You can also divide a clump into many new plants.

  • Jan Hudson Jan Hudson on Oct 13, 2013
    I'm in Trinidad and we have Mexican sage -it does fine :)

  • Nanette Cummings Nanette Cummings on Oct 14, 2013
    Thanks Jan..........I have seen many large plants but I recently got mine at a nursery so not sure if I should put in the ground or wait.........what is your take on this???? I so love this plant

  • Coco Tree Service Corp Coco Tree Service Corp on Oct 22, 2013
    Humboldt County is in USDA Zone 8, 9 & 10. This is also within the hardiness zone for the Mexican Sage. As long as you have planted your Slavia leucantha,in a well-drained soil, your Mexican Sage should be able to survive the winters in Humboldt County. To encourage a bushy growth of your Mexican Sage, you will want to prune back the plant about 1/3 of the way in the early spring. Use a sharp pruner to ensure a clean cut. Use a good quality mulch around the base of the plant to preserve moisture. The Mexican Sage will bloom from fall into winter. This plant does best in a well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline with a pH between 7.6 & 9. For best results, and to maximize flowers, keep the soil damp but well drained. Once your Mexican Sage is about two years old, you will only need to water it once a week during dry spells. Do not water from the top of the plant! Getting the leaves wet can lead to disease. Water at the base of the plant at the drip line. Fertilize in the summer when the blooms begin with a all purpose fertilizer at the drip line of the plant.