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Salvia blepharophylla

Sage

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.25m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular tuft
  • Flower ColourBright red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Salvia blepharophylla (Sage). This species produces a shrubby perennial which is semi-evergreen and will spread by creeping rhizomes. The foliage is rich green and, throughout the early summer and early autumn, it will bear bright red flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen, Sub-shrub

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Some species will tolerate only light frosts, but some of the perennials are more frost-hardy. They will grow well when planted in full sun in well drained light soil with adequate watering in the summer. You can propagate from seeds in the spring, cuttings in early summer, or division at any time.

Propagation

Propagate shrubs and sub-shrubs by softwood, semi-ripe or basal cuttings in mid-summer. Sow seed of half hardy annuals under glass in early spring and of fully hardy species outdoors in mid-spring. You can propagate perennials by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs, snails and caterpillars

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