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Commonly known as Beach salvia, Golden salvia, Sandsalie
EvergreenRounded, densely white-woolly leaves 1-4cm (½-1½in) long, sometimes minutely scalloped and dotted with glands.
YellowYellow turning rusty brown
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightErect to spreading, rounded shrub. Flowers have purple-tinted calyces
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Partial shadeLight, dappled shade
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowSyn. S. aureaPests & DiseasesSlugs, snails. Under glass aphids, red spider mites, whiteflies, foot and root rotsPlace of originSouth Africa (Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape)Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeBell/LanternBell-shaped 3-5cm (1¼-2in) longRacemesDense, terminal racemes
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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
Soil ConditionsFree draining sandy soil
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!