Plant Description

Salvia rubiginosa

Salvia rubiginosa

This is a compact salvia that originates from Mexico and Guatemala, with rich blue flowers accentuated by purple calyces in winter and early spring. It grows to 1-1.5 m and is a good companion to warm colours such as those of abutilons and Justicia rizzinii 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 prefers to grow in part shade. It is reasonably frost tolerant, especially if grown in a protected spot but will be affected by hard frosts.

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Salvia rubiginosa
Out now in my Sydney garden.
Flowers from June to October.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

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