Salvia rubiginosa

This is a compact salvia with rich blue flowers accentuated by purple calyces in winter and early spring. It grows to 1-1.5m and is a good companion to perennial wallflowers, or winter-blooming daisies and lavender; or with warm colours such as those of abutilons, Justicia rizzinii or Tagetes lemmonii in winter and early spring. I also have it paired with the bromeliad Aechmea gamosepala, which has unusual brush-like pink inflorescences tipped with the same colour blue as this Salvia, in bloom at the same time. It should be cut back hard in mid-spring when it finishes flowering. It grows well in part shade.

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

 

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