Eyelash Sage Salvia blepharophylla

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
eyelash-leaved sage


Salvia blepharophylla, also known as Eyelash-Leaved Sage, is a visually striking plant primarily recognized for its vibrant flowers and lush foliage. The flowers are typically a bright red or scarlet hue, which makes them stand out prominently against the green of the plant's leaves. These blossoms are tubular in shape, attracting a variety of pollinators, including hummingbirds and bees, who are drawn to their vivid color and sweet nectar. The leaves of the Eyelash-Leaved Sage are just as noteworthy, with their unique feature that inspired the plant's common name. Each leaf displays a texture that is somewhat rough, and the edges bear fine, eyelash-like hairs, which give them a distinctive and decorative appearance. This characteristic textural quality adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the plant. Combined, the red flowers and textured foliage of the Eyelash-Leaved Sage create an eye-catching display in gardens and natural settings. Removed from its size dimensions, the plant's striking look makes it a popular choice for ornamental uses, where its vivid coloration can be appreciated up close.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Eyelash Sage, Red Eyelash Sage

    • Common names

      Salvia blepharophylla

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as Eyelash Sage, is not considered toxic to humans. This plant doesn't contain any known toxins that would cause harm if ingested in typical quantities found in a garden setting. Therefore, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with Eyelash Sage for humans, and ingesting parts of this plant typically does not lead to serious consequences.

    • To pets

      Salvia blepharophylla, known commonly as Eyelash Sage, is generally not toxic to pets either. It is not listed among plants that pose a risk to dogs, cats, or other domestic animals. As with humans, ingestion of this plant by pets is not expected to result in any significant symptoms of toxicity or serious health consequences.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as eyelash-leaved sage, adds a vibrant splash of color to gardens with its bright red-orangish flowers.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The plant is known to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, supporting the local ecosystem.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is drought-resistant once established, making it suitable for water-conserving landscapes.
    • Deer Resistance: Eyelash-leaved sage is generally resistant to deer, which can help protect it and the surrounding garden from being eaten.
    • Easy Maintenance: Requires minimal care beyond the establishment phase, with little need for fertilizers or pesticides.
    • Herbaceous Perennial: As a perennial, it comes back year after year, making it a permanent addition to gardens.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Art and Craft Material: The bright red flowers of Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as Eyelash Sage, can be pressed and used in botanical art or to create natural dyes for textiles and paper.
    • Culinary Garnish: Eyelash Sage flowers can add a pop of color and a subtle, sage flavor to salads and desserts.
    • Garden Aesthetic Enhancer: Due to its vibrant blossoms, Eyelash Sage can be used as a border plant to enhance the visual appeal of garden beds.
    • Educational Tool: The plant can be used to demonstrate the way some flowers adapt to attract specific pollinators in educational settings such as schools or botanical gardens.
    • Scented Bouquets: Eyelash Sage can contribute an aromatic element to flower arrangements, bringing a mild sage scent indoors.
    • Photography Subject: Eyelash Sage, with its unique flowers and foliage, can be an interesting subject for botanical photographers.
    • Companion Planting: When planted in vegetable gardens, Eyelash Sage may help to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, supporting the growth of veggies.
    • Scented Potpourri: Dried Eyelash Sage flowers and leaves can be incorporated into potpourri mixtures for a natural, woodsy aroma.
    • Decorative Dried Arrangements: The sturdy stems and long-lasting flowers of Eyelash Sage make it suitable for use in dried floral displays and wreaths.
    • Landscape Color Themes: Eyelash Sage can be used in landscaping to create specific color schemes, especially in red-themed garden sections or during the fall season.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Eyelash Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Eyelash Sage is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as Eyelash Sage, may symbolize healing due to the genus Salvia's extensive use in herbal medicine and traditional remedies.
    • Wisdom: Salvias have been associated with wisdom as the Latin name 'Salvia' derives from 'salvere,' meaning 'to be saved' or 'to heal,' which can imply a deeper knowledge or understanding.
    • Protection: Eyelash Sage may carry the symbolism of protection since some cultures use sage for cleansing and protecting spaces from negative influences.
    • Longevity: The robust nature of Eyelash Sage and its ability to thrive in various conditions can symbolize longevity and the wish for a long life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The eyelash sage (Salvia blepharophylla) prefers regular watering to maintain moist, but not waterlogged, soil, particularly during its active growing season in spring and summer. Water it thoroughly, allowing the water to seep deep into the soil, which encourages deeper root growth. Aim to water it once every week, providing about 1 inch of water each time, which equates to approximately 0.6 gallons for a medium-sized plant. Cut back on watering in the cooler months to every two weeks or when the soil feels dry to the touch an inch below the surface. Over-watering can lead to root rot, so ensure the plant has good drainage.

  • sunLight

    Eyelash sage thrives in full sunlight to partial shade. Ideally, place it in a location where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Morning sunlight with afternoon shade often provides optimal lighting conditions for this plant, protecting it from the intense heat of late afternoon sun which can sometimes stress the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Eyelash sage prefers temperature conditions ranging from 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit but for a short duration only. To ensure robust growth and flowering, keep the temperature around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit and protect the plant from frost and cold drafts.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune eyelash sage to encourage bushier growth and maintain plant shape. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead or damaged stems, and you can also trim back the plant by up to one-third of its size to promote fresh growth. Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, should be done regularly to encourage continuous blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Eyelash Sage (Salvia blepharophylla) is well-draining, with an abundant amount of organic matter to provide nutrients. A good mix can be made from equal parts garden soil, perlite or sand, and compost or well-rotted manure. The preferred soil pH is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging between 6.0 and 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Eyelash Sage should be repotted every 1-2 years to prevent it from becoming root-bound and to replenish its nutrients. Spring is the best time for repotting when the plant is entering a period of active growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Eyelash Sage thrives in moderate humidity levels but can tolerate lower humidity typical of indoor environments. They do not require high humidity and can flourish in the natural ambient humidity of most homes without the need for extra humidity-enhancing methods.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and maintain consistent moisture.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as Eyelash-Leaved Sage, begins with seed germination once the seeds are sown in well-draining soil and provided with adequate warmth and moisture. After germination, the seedlings grow into juvenile plants with foliage characteristic of Salvia species, showing textured, ovate leaves and a gradually forming woody base. As the plants mature, they enter the flowering stage, producing bright red, tubular flowers that are attractive to pollinators like bees and hummingbirds; this stage is crucial for the plant’s reproductive process. Following pollination, the flowers develop into small, black seeds. The mature plant may continue to grow and bloom for several years if conditions are favorable, typically treated as a perennial in milder climates. Eventually, if the plant succumbs to environmental stress, disease, or simply ages, it reaches the end of its life cycle, at which point it may self-seed or require human intervention for propagation.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: The most popular method for propagating Salvia blepharophylla, commonly known as Eyelash Sage, is by taking stem cuttings. The best time to take cuttings is during late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, select a healthy, non-flowering stem and cut a 4 to 6 inch (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) piece just below a node. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and dip the cut end into a rooting hormone for faster and more reliable rooting. Then, insert the cutting into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix or a mixture of peat and perlite. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and place the pot in a location with bright, indirect light. The cutting should root within a few weeks, after which it can be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the garden.