• Plant Type: Annual
  • Sun: Part Shade
  • Plant Size: 6 to 24 inches tall

Vertical spikes of many open-lipped flowers grow above dark green mounds of leaves. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Plant Spacing: 9 to 15 inches.

Secrets to Success »

Plant in fertile, well-drained soil that is evenly moist. Wait to plant until danger of frost has passed. To keep plants looking fresh, deadhead the faded bloom spikes in summer. Account for salvia’s maximum height when planting, as it grows taller in warmer regions.

Use »

Salvia is a great choice for fall color. A mass of salvia makes a striking statement in the landscape. Cut the flower spikes for arrangements.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Plant alone, in a mass, for sweeping color.
  • Mix with sweet alyssum, sweet potato vine, purple fountain grass, sun coleus, or verbena.
  • Pineapple sage, another haven for hummingbirds.

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