Salvia miniata grows to 1m tall and is a red-flowered species with attractive shiny leaves and slender blooms. It comes from Mexico and can flower all year round in our climate, although is never a mass of blooms. It enjoys a part-shaded position, tending to wilt in hotter spots. It combines well with hot-coloured Canna and Dahlia in a sunny position or with red-centred bromeliad species, cane Begonia, or so-called red justicia (Odontonema strictum) in a shadier site. It tends to sucker a bit. It is best to prune it back in late winter.
Flowers in January, February, March, April, May, June, July.
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