Salvia coccinea

This is called an annual salvia, but it will also often survive through winter. In any case, it also self-seeds so you will never be without it! It has dainty flowers of red, pink or white and forms a pretty, hazy effect. It is a rather brittle plant which grows to about 80cm tall and flowers from summer to winter. It is a good filler plant and will grow in sun or part shade. Regular deadheading will prolong the floral display. If it survives winter, prune it hard at the end of that season and, hopefully, it will regrow. It is rather prone to white fly: try domestic fly spray to get rid of them!

Flowers in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, November, December.

 

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