Red Neck Girl forsythia sage (Salvia madrensis 'Red Neck Girl') features butter-yellow flowers highlighted by red to reddish-purple stems, growing to 7 feet from September to frost. It is native to elevations between 4,000 and 5,000 feet in Mexico's Sierra Madre Oriental mountains.
The genus Salvia comes from the Latin salveo, "I heal," and salvarae," to heal," first used to describe species in this genus by the physician Pliny. More than 900 species can be found in various environments, from tropical through temperate in the Old and New Worlds. Species in this genus are distinguished by the presence of a single fertile anther cell positioned to deposit pollen on the backs of visiting bees.
The species within this genus are precious as bee food plants.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10