Salvia adenophora

Salvia adenophora

This is a tall, willowy species from Mexico, with clusters of clear red, furry flowers from autumn to late spring. It has attractive textured foliage with a camphor scent. It grows to about 2 m in height and can tolerate a part-shaded site. It benefits from the support of other shrubs nearby. It looks effective growing with Abutilon and Clivia, which have hot-coloured blooms at the same time. I grow it intertwined with Salvia confertiflora, which has spires of orange flowers held in velvety red-brown calyces, over the same lengthy blooming period.

I find it does 'run' a bit, creeping about to form a clump. This doesn't worry me as it is in a fairly wild part of my garden; however, it is useful to know about this aspect of the plant. It is sensitive to heavy frost. It is best propagated by cuttings, or by digging up a rooted piece. Cut it back hard when flowering finishes.

Postscript: I eventually got fed up with this plants wandering ways, even in my 'wild' area! I think it is fine in big gardens where there is plenty of space for it to spread.

Flowers in May, June, July, August, September, October.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.

 

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