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Salvia Species, Giant Brazilian Sage

Salvia subrotunda

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: subrotunda (sub-roh-TUN-da) (Info)
Synonym:Salvia micheliana
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 softwood cuttings

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Wilmington, Delaware

Douglas, Georgia

Greenville, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

North Tonawanda, New York

Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2013, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

On January 2, 2013, I sowed seed of this plant in a vented milk jug and put it outdoors. It germinated in June and the buds are just beginning to open. Since I live in z7, this was a very nice surprise, and I hope to winter it indoors under lights.


On Oct 2, 2006, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Great plant to add to the hummingbird garden. Overall height can get from 3 to 4 or even 5 ft tall. Inflorescences are 18-24 inches long. Subrotunda is similar to coccinea on steroids and even though the blossoms are intermittent and spred out it blooms all season long. It looks best in a large bed with several grouped together for a nice effect. It will reseed and in areas where there is little or no frost it may bloom all year long. It didn't require staking in my garden.

The seed germinated inside in an east facing window in 7 days and I had almost 100% germination. Seeds should be surface sown on moist soil.

Goldfinches also love the seed.