Salvia Salvia Scientific Name : Salvia splendens
Common Name : Salvia, Scarlet Sage
Blooming Season : Late Spring, Summer, Late Summer
Plant Habit : Upright, Columnar
Spacing : 8 – 10″ (20 – 25cm)
Height : 10 – 12″ (25 – 30cm)
Width : 8″ (20cm)
Exposure : Sun
Grower Information :
Seed supplied as: Raw.
Plug crop time: 4 to 5 weeks
Transplant to finish: 4 to 5 weeks
- Dense spikes and dark green foliage hold their colour all season.
- Well-matched in heat tolerance, habit and earliness.
- With a 5 to 7-day flowering window across the series in the greenhouse, can finish 2 to 5 days after other commercial series depending on light conditions, but has better outdoor performance.
Salvia For intense color saturation on neat, compact plants that really take the summer heat, is unbeatable! This charmer begins flowering early (before the end of spring in most climates) and continues up to frost, filling garden and container with colorful blooms that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and compliments by the dozen!
A selection of Scarlet Sage (S. splendens), this tender perennial is grown as an annual in American gardens. It takes off like crazy, setting large, toothy green foliage below the 4- to 5-inch flowerspikes. Nice in the vase, it’s really a bedding plant extraordinaire, absolutely knockout beautiful in large plantings.
Yet isn’t a space hog, reaching just 10 to 12 inches high and perhaps 8 inches wide. This means you can squeeze it into containers (its nicely vertical habit makes it a great companion to trailing and mounding varieties!) as well as tucking into empty garden spots as needed. Plan to grow an extra packet of seeds just as fill-ins; they will become the stars of any sunny setting!
Mix is a continuous bloomer all season, offering all of the brilliant colors for which the series is famous: red, purple, cream, salmon, lavender, and more! Deadhead or cut the blooms promptly to encourage new buds to appear from spring through summer and fall. It even persists through those deadly hot August weeks when others melt out!
Holding its rich color better in the sunny garden than most other Salvias, is superbly heat-tolerant, and blooms in just 9 to 10 weeks from seed — a bit quicker than most others in the family. An all-around all-star!
Direct-sow this Salvia or begin the seeds indoors for even earlier blooms. Not fussy about soil, it flourishes in blazing sun, tolerating heat, drought, and other vagaries of the weather. The foliage is evergreen, and so in the coastal West and milder climates of the South it may overwinter and flower again the following spring, though the first year will be its most majestic. Pkt is 25 seeds.