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Evergreenleathery, dark-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long, white-felted beneath.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightProduces whorls of tubular, 2-lipped flowers 1cm (½in) long from the upper leaf axils.
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowSalvia rosmarinus. Often flowers mid-spring to summer and again in autumn. Wildlife plant - bees.Pests & DiseasesHoney fungusPlace of originMediterranean
Garden Location/ConditionsSub-tropical / mediterranean
HardinessFully hardyIn well-drained soil
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Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Scented PlantsScented flowersScented foliage
Soil ConditionsWell drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
Toxic - Category CMay cause skin allergy
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
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arching branches and brilliant blue flowers
brilliant blue flowers
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