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Salvia holwayi
photo: scott.zona
Salvia holwayi
photo: scott.zona
Salvia holwayi

Salvia

Sage

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 hailing from the Mediterranean, Mexico, South America and some of our western states. Reliable once established, and generally undaunted by pests, disease and drought, they combine an array of flowers and often aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes and hues.

<i>Salvia holwayi</i>

Hailing from the cool highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico, this vigorous Salvia volunteers hundreds of brilliant cardinal red, whorled blossoms in late fall. A yellow-green cast infuses young growth while mature leaves are darker green. Marked by light green grooves, the numerous, wine-infused lax stems become obscured by prominently veined triangular leaves, which taper to pronounced narrow tips.

Paying homage to Edward Holway, an American mycologist and plant collector who traveled to Mexico in the early 1900s, Salvia holwayi blooms all winter long in warmer areas, gracing its lush and bushy good-sized mass with much appreciated color and hummingbird food.

Grateful for a well drained, humus rich spot and a hard cut after blooming, it creates a verdant backdrop for the mixed border, an excellent conservatory plant in colder climates and a splendid long lasting cut flower when they’re aren’t many others around.

Blooms October–December.

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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