COMMON NAME: salvia
SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:
S. splendens-popular bedding plant grown as an annual. S. superba ‘Blue Queen’-perennial; short spikes of deep violet flowers. S. haematodes-perennial; to 36 inches; sprays of lavender flowers.
TYPE: annual and perennial
DESCRIPTION: Both annual and perennial salvias are characterized by attractive spikes of flowers. The bedding-plant salvia produces brilliant spikes of red flowers above dark green leaves. The annual salvia also can be found in white and dark purple. Given sufficient moisture through the growing season, these plants can reach a height of 30 inches.
CULTIVATION: Both annual and perennial forms of salvia need full sun and well-drained soil. Set plants out after the last spring frost, or sow seeds indoors six to eight weeks before setting them out. In hot areas, these plants might do best with a bit of…
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