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Salvia involucrata

Sage

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 1.25m
  • Growth HabitIrregular tuft
  • Flower ColourPurple red
  • Leaf ColourBright green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Salvia involucrata (Sage). This is a charming tall perennial, which remains evergreen in mild climates. It will produce upright cane-like stems about 1.5m high and broad, with long-stalked leaves that will often develop red veining. The flowers bloom in spikes of large mauve to magenta bracts, about 5cm long, and are tubular but swollen in the middle.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Specimen

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist

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 and snails when young.

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