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PlantFiles: Salvia
Salvia praeclara

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: praeclara (pray-KLAIR-a) (Info)

Synonym:Salvia exserta

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

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


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SusanLouise On Aug 15, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I agree with Penpen about everything...except ours reached a height of 7'! I submitted a pic to this plat file showing how tall our 'Praeclara' Salvia was in our garden...incredable!
Love this Salvia!!!

Positive penpen On Mar 22, 2008, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the earliest flowering salvias from seed. Very fast grower. It can get about 4 ft. tall and about 2-3 ft wide. Once it starts to bloom it is non stop until frost.


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

Richmond, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Lincoln, Nebraska
North Tonawanda, New York
Hood River, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
El Paso, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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