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Salvia splendens 'Flare'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz) (Info)
Cultivar: Flare

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kimmy222 On Jul 8, 2007, kimmy222 from Reading, PA wrote:

This is a phenomenal cultivar of red salvia. Extremely heat and drought tolerant. Tons of flowers. It is early June here, and they have been blooming their heads off for weeks on sturdy stems. I have seen no signs of disease or pests. To top it all off they were very easy to grow from seed. I had 100% success with seeds, and I have never tried growing salvia before. Amazing. Highly recommended, and I don't say that a lot.

Positive saanansandy On Feb 27, 2007, saanansandy from Sue, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this flower, salvia "flare", from seed in peat pots, easy to start. Grew in sun/part shade. Absolutely beautiful blooming red stalks standing tall above the foliage, blooms really took off in August. Long lasting blooms which butterflies and hummingbirds seem to appreciate.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bushnell, Florida
Wilmington, North Carolina
Reading, Pennsylvania
Wood River Junction, Rhode Island

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