Salvia Chart
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Botanic Name
Common Name

Origin

Sun
FS-Full
PS-Part
SH-Shade

Size
(HxW)
S to 3'
M to 5'
L 6' +

Leaf Drop

Corolla

Calyx

Comments

Salvia spathacea
Hummingbird Sage

California

FS-PS
20º

S
2'x5'

evergreen

magenta

green

Spring-summer bloomer; ground cover; fruity smelling foliage. Keep roots cool.

Salvia splendens
'Sizzler Series'

Hybrid

FS-PS

S
1'x1'

deciduous

orange

whitish-green

Summer-fall bloomer.

Salvia sprucei

Ecuador

PS
32º

M
4'x4'

evergreen

magenta

green

Spring-summer bloomer; best in filtered light; good under story plant; needs weekly watering.

Salvia 'Starlight'
(S. apiana x S. mellifera)

Naturally occurring hybrid found in wild.

FS

L
6'x9'

evergreen

white

green

Spring-fall bloomer.

Salvia 'Strybing Purple Velvet'
(S. scordifolia x seedling)

Strybing

FS-PS
15-20º

S
3'x3'

semi-deciduous

dark purple

green

Summer-fall bloomer.

Salvia sylvestris
( syn. S. nemorosa)

Eastern, Central & Southern Europe; Central Russia & Westeren Siberia

FS-PS

S
1'x3'

deciduous

violet-blue

violet

Summer-fall bloomer; basal rosette with 3' flower spikes.

Salvia taraxacifolia
Dandelion Sage

Morocco

FS-PS
15-20º

S
2'x2'

semi-deciduous

white-pink

green-white

Spring-summer bloomer; unusual gray foliage.

Salvia tubifera

Mexico

FS-PS
25-30º

L
5'x5'

semi-deciduous

red

green

Summer-fall bloomer.

Salvia uliginosa
Bog Sage

South America

FS-PS
15º

L
6'x6'

semi-deciduous

light blue

greenish-purple

Summer bloomer; spreads by running rootstock. Cut back before spring; best in some shade.

Salvia urica
(short form)
Blue Bush Sage

Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala

FS-PS
32º

S
1'x1'

semi-deciduous

blue

green

Summer-fall bloomer; frost tender; compact growth.

Salvia urica
(tall form)
Blue Bush Sage

Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala

FS-PS
25-30º

L
6'x4'

semi-deciduous

blue

green

Spring-fall bloomer; stems are frost tender; new growth resprouts from base of plant.

Salvia villosa

Mexico

FS
20-25º

S
1'x1'

evergreen

blue

green

Spring-fall bloomer; good rock-garden plant.

Salvia viscosa

Eastern Europe, Italy

FS-PS

S
2'x3'

deciduous

upper lip red-violet; lower lip pink

reddish-brown

Summer-fall bloomer. Basal rosette with flower spikes 3' tall.

Salvia wagneriana
(pink bract form)
Wagner Sage

Costa Rica

PS-SH
32º

M
5'x5'

semi-deciduous

dark pink

dark pink

Fall-winter bloomer; frost tender.

Salvia wagneriana
(white bract form)
Wagner Sage

Costa Rica

PS-SH
32º

M
4'x4'

semi-deciduous

pink

white

Fall-winter bloomer; frost tender; best in cool sun and part shade.

Salvia 'Waverly'

Hybrid of unknown origin

FS-PS
25-30º

M
4'x6'

semi-deciduous

white

dark

Spring-fall bloomer. Purple tinge to textured leaves when grown in sun.

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