Texas Sage Info: How To Grow Texas Sage Plants
Texas sage (Sage spp.) is one of the most popular herbs in the world. It grows wild all over North America, but it prefers dry areas such as deserts or mountainsides.
Its flowers are white and have five petals each. They bloom from late summer until early fall, depending on location. Texas sage is a member of the mint family and belongs to the genus Mentha . It is native to the western United States, where it occurs naturally in the southwestern states. There are several species of sage in cultivation today, but only two are commonly grown commercially: Mexican Sage and Texas Sage.
The leaves of Texas sage grow up to four inches long and three inches wide. They are dark green above and light green beneath. The stems of Texas sage are woody, with short branches that hang down into the soil.
The leaves of Texas sage are edible when they are young, but after the first year they turn brown and lose their flavor. The stems can be used fresh or dried for tea.
Texas sage is a hardy perennial herb that survives extreme conditions. It tolerates high temperatures and drought, so it makes an excellent houseplant. It thrives in bright light and will tolerate partial shade.
Texas sage is not particular about soil type, but it grows best in well-drained soil. It does not require much water and will turn brown and go dormant if kept wet.
The flowers of Texas sage attract bees, butterflies, and flies. In addition, the leaves can repel flies, mosquitoes, and other pests. The fragrance of the leaves is strong and some people find it overpowering.
It is often used as an insect repellent.
Texas sage is easy to grow and tolerates pruning. It can be propagated from stem tip cuttings and grows well in hydroponic systems. The young shoots of Texas sage can be harvested several times a year for use in cooking.
The flowers are used to produce perfumes, and the essential oil is used in medicines and soaps.
If you enjoy using herbs in the kitchen, you probably have a Texas sage plant growing in your yard. With a little care, it should thrive for many years.
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Texas Sage Problems
Most insects and diseases disregard this hardy survivor. Poor drainage is the worst offender you should watch for.
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Where to Buy:
You can buy it online from these retailers:
Gurney’s (Only quality plants)
From Nature With Love
Specialty Produce (Only quality plants)
Frontier (Only quality plants)
Burgess Seed and Plant Co
B & D Lilies
You can also buy it locally here (must be local, due to shipping issues)
Plants Available (Subject to Change)
Larger Quantities are available from these nurseries (ask if available)
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Catnip (Nepeta cataria) – Culinary
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita) – Culinary
Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – Culinary
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) – Culinary
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) – Fragrance/Medicinal
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Landscape plant lists for salt tolerance assessment by K Lakshmaiah, P Aruna, M Ganga, K Arulmozhiselvan – Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App …, 2018
Lantana, or red sage (Lantana camara L., [Verbenaceae]), notorious weed and popular garden flower; some cases of poisoning in Florida by S Miyamoto, I Martinez, M Padilla… – USDI Bureau of …, 2004 – plantanswers.com
Rare plants of Texas: a field guide by JF Morton – Economic Botany, 1994 – Springer
Hybridization between species of the Rana pipiens complex in central Texas by JM Poole, WR Carr, DM Price – 2007 – books.google.com