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 oppositiflora

Peru

FS
30º

S
2'x2'

evergreen

orange

green

Fall-winter bloomer.

Salvia palestina

Egypt, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq

FS
25º

S
2.5'x2'

deciduous

white to pale lavender

green-tinged purple

Summer bloomer; protect from overhead watering. Basal growth with 2.5' tall flower spikes.

Salvia patens
Gentian Sage

Central Mexico

FS-PS
20-25º

S
2'x2'

deciduous

blue, gentian

green

Spring-fall bloomer; spreads by tuberous roots. Easy to grow from seed.

Salvia patens 'Cambridge Blue'

Central Mexico

FS-PS
20-25º

S
2.5'x2.5'

deciduous

light blue

green

Spring-fall bloomer; tuberous roots. Easy to grow from seed.

Salvia patens 'white Trophy'

Central Mexico, cultivar from England

FS-PS
20-25º

S
2'x2'

deciduous

white

green

Spring-fall bloomer; tuberous roots. Easy to grow from seed; seedlings true to color.

Salvia penstemonoides
Big Red Sage

Texas

FS-PS
20º

S
3'x1.5'

evergreen

red-purple

red

Summer-fall bloomer; prefers morning sun; drought tolerant; grows best with some lime.

Salvia
'Phyllis' Fancy'

UCSC garden hybrid

FS-PS
25-30º

S
3'x3'

semi-deciduous

white with bluish tinge

purple

Spring-fall bloomer; flowers similar in shape and size to S. 'Waverly.'

Salvia polystachya

Central Mexico, guatemala, Panama

FS-PS
20º

L
6'x5'

semi-deciduous

blue

green

Fall-winter bloomer. Prune back to 1' tall in spring. Needs afternoon coastal sun or afternoon inland shade.

Salvia pomifera

Eastern Mediterranean

PS
15-20º

S
3'x3'

evergreen

blue-lilac

reddish-purple

Summer-fall bloomer; drought tolerant. Needs well drained soil and no overhead watering.

Salvia prezewalskii

China:Gansu, Habei, Sichuan, Xizang and Yunnan Provinces

FS
10º

S
2'x3'

deciduous

purple-red

red-brown

Summer-fall bloomer; basal rosette of leaves. Found in stream sides and forest margins; best with some compost.

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