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Salvia buchananii (Scott Zona) 001

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Subgenus: S. subg. Calosphace
Sectio: S. sect. Brandegeia
Species: Salvia buchananii

Salvia buchananii Hedge, Hedge, Bot. Mag. 174: t. 430 (1963).
Native distribution areas:

Northern America
Mexico Northeast (NE. Querétaro, San Luis Potosí).

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Hedge, I.C., 1963. Bot. Mag. 174: t. 430

Additional references

Villaseñor, J.L. 2016. Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559–902. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmb.2016.06.017 Online PDF Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Salvia buchananii in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2021 January 18. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Salvia buchananii. Published online. Accessed: 18 January 2021.

Vernacular names
English: Buchanan's sage

Salvia buchananii, or Buchanan's sage, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is a herbaceous perennial or subshrub that was only found in the wild in the northeastern extreme of the state of Querétaro, Mexico, after fifty years of cultivation as a garden plant.[1]
Velvet sage from Mexico at San Antonio Botanical Garden (2015)


During the 1950s an unidentified species of Salvia was found in the garden of an English family in Mexico City.[2] A seed from the garden plant was taken to England at around the 1960s, where it was then grown by Sir Charles Buchanan. It is sometimes called Buchanan's fuchsia sage. Ian Charles Hedge then described Salvia buchananii in the Botanical Magazine in 1963.[3]

Salvia buchananii grows 1–2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, with glossy green leaves widely spaced along the stem. The flowers are a rich magenta, about two inches long, which rarely set seed.[4]

It was found growing in cloud forest, pine-oak forest, and oak thicket in the far northeastern part of the state of Querétaro, Mexico. It is similar to Salvia blepharophylla.[1]

This plant grows well in a temperate climate. However it does not tolerate frost, and requires protection during cold wet winters. It is easy to propagate from cuttings. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5][6]

Zamudio, Sergio; Bedolla-García, Brenda Y. (2013). "Descubrimiento de Salvia buchananii (Lamiaceae) en estado silvestre en Querétaro, México" (PDF). Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. 84 (2): 530–535. doi:10.7550/rmb.32447.
Phillips, Rix, Roger, Martyn (1991). Perennials Volume 2 Late Perennials. Pan Books. p. 98. ISBN 0330292757.
"Lamiaceae Salvia buchananii Hedge". Retrieved 25 September 2014.
Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.
"RHS Plant Selector - Salvia buchananii". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 94. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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