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SALVIA confertiflora

Commonly known as Red velvet sage

Woody-based perennial with long spikes of orange-red flowers in summer. Frost tender
Further Reading....

 

  • Semi-evergreen - Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well. - ovate, scalloped, yellow-green leaves to 20cm (8in) long, densely woolly
  • Orange - orange red
  • Height - to 1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread - 60cm (24in)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - woody-based perennial
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - will need support. Wildlife plant - insects. Flowers better if kept for a few years. Remove spent blooms to maintain flowering.Trim back (not into wood) and store inside for winter.
  • Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails. Under glass - aphids, red spider mites, whiteflies
  • Place of origin - Brazil
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Spikes - - terminal spikes
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 6
    Suitable 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 Plants - Scented foliage - - pungently scented
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil - - moderately fertile. Humus-rich.
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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to 1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  60cm (24in)
 

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