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Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.
Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.
A high-elevation, cloud forest denizen of Chiapas, Mexico, this tender Salvia champions dark green varnished leaves and bright fuchsia-colored blossoms. Widely spaced whorls house grape-hued calyxes and flashy flowers above an airy evergreen foundation of upright stems and deeply veined elliptical leaves, which are attached by long reddish petioles. Tantalizing in a container, hanging basket or the perennial bed, Chiapas Sage detests poor drainage, prefers moderate water, needs a protected winter spot and a pruning to maintain its bushy shape.
Blooms July – October.
Size: 2'–3' high x 3'–4' wide. Zone 8/9.
Salvia chiapensis (P-1538)
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Durable, long-lived and easily cultivated, Epimediums unfurl winsome heart-shaped foliage and intricate origami-like flowers. Many of their leaves are infused with bold mottling, while their wiry stems present graceful blossoms, in colors ranging from starry white to lemon, amber or ruby red, plus rose, lilac and purple.Digging Dog's late February 2017 Newsletter Link
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