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Salvia leucantha
(Mexican bush sage)



Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Salvia leucantha
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Mexican bush sage
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Salvia leucantha Cav.

Preferred Common Name

  • Mexican bush sage

Summary of Invasiveness

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The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):


Bushy evergreen sub-shrub that grows in a loose, spreading mound (0.6–1.2 m tall), about as wide as it is high; stems 4-angled, conspicuously white and woolly.


Mexico and possibly elsewhere in Central America.

Reason for Introduction



Roadsides, gardens and urban open space.


It is present in tropical and sub-tropical pine forests across much of central and eastern Mexico. In East Africa, it has escaped cultivation, forming dense stands that in some areas may be having a negative impact on native plants and their associated organisms.

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Lamiales
  •                         Family: Lamiaceae
  •                             Genus: Salvia
  •                                 Species: Salvia leucantha

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


EthiopiaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedWitt and Luke (2017)Naturalized
KenyaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedWitt and Luke (2017)Naturalized
RwandaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedWitt and Luke (2017)Naturalized
TanzaniaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedWitt and Luke (2017)Naturalized
UgandaPresentIntroducedNaturalizedWitt and Luke (2017)Naturalized

North America

MexicoPresentWitt and Luke (2017)

Habitat List

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Links to Websites

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GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gateway source for updated system data added to species habitat list.

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