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SALVIA africana-lutea

Commonly known as Beach salvia, Golden salvia, Sandsalie

(syn. S. aurea) - In mild climates this extraordinary species forms a medium sized perennial shrub. It has large bright yellow clawlike flowers which quickly turn a rusty-brown. One of those plants which makes you stop in your tracks to wonder what it is!
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - rounded, densely white-woolly leaves 1-4cm (½-1½in) long, sometimes minutely scalloped and dotted with glands.
  • Yellow - yellow turning rusty brown
  • Height - 1m (39ins)
  • Spread - 1m (39ins)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - erect to spreading, rounded shrub. Flowers have purple-tinted calyces
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy 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)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - light, dappled shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - syn. S. aurea
  • Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails. Under glass aphids, red spider mites, whiteflies, foot and root rots
  • Place of origin - South Africa (Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape)
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - bell-shaped 3-5cm (1¼-2in) long
  • Racemes - dense, terminal racemes
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Free draining sandy soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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1m (39ins)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
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