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Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Wendy's Wish
Additional cultivar information: (PP21889)
Hybridized by W. Smith; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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


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

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:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive paulwhit On Mar 4, 2015, paulwhit from Houston, TX wrote:

This plant is growing like gangbusters in a VERY tough spot in my garden (partial shade at best, next to a drain = fairly moist, constant exposure to two smallish dogs). It's been blooming almost constantly since I put it in last fall, and has grown from ~18" at planting to ~48" now. I'm a big fan and will probably try to find more this year.

Positive FLDianne On Oct 29, 2013, FLDianne from Naples, FL wrote:

I love this plant with its vibrant flowers and easy care. Here in Naples it seems to get a bit larger. This one already has a 4 ft spread. With our sandy, alkaline soil it is often difficult to grow flowers but this one is beautiful. Will try my hand at some cuttings.

Positive gbirdie On May 2, 2013, gbirdie from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

from gbirdy- A friend gave me cuttings and they rooted very quickly in a mix of damp perlite and vermiculite. Resulting plant is now 2 years old and thriving.

Positive heckabore On Apr 12, 2013, heckabore from Walnut Creek, CA wrote:

Gorgeous. Blooms and blooms and blooms. I love the burgundy stems with the bright green leaves and dark, dark, dark pink flowers. Unfortunately did not survive the winter here in Walnut Creek. This year I'm planting one next to my house instead out farther out in the garden in hopes it will live over until next year.

Positive sueroderus On Jul 5, 2011, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

This year, 2011, is the first year that I have had this plant in my zone 8b garden. So far I am impressed. It continues to flower and the plant itself has a good form. The leaves have a touch of burgandy and are different from the other salvias I have. My plants are doing well with half day afternoon sun in average soil.

Positive plantnutga On Apr 30, 2011, plantnutga from Thomasville, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grew this in summer 2010 and was very impressed. I purchased a 4" pot w/a teeny plant and tucked it into a large container with as I recall a penta and salvia 'black and blue'. This salvia is a robust grower and was not intimidated by the shade of other plants- it wound in and out between the others and stayed in bloom until our first freeze. The large screaming fuchia blooms were beautiful!

Positive loneoak221 On Sep 9, 2009, loneoak221 from Bow, WA wrote:

This variety has a show stopping hot magenta pink flower accented by dusky mauve calyx. Dark stems contrast the rich green foliage. For best habit, pinch to promote branching.


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

Alameda, California
American Canyon, California
Fairfield, California
Fallbrook, California
Mission Viejo, California
San Jose, California
Walnut Creek, California
Casselberry, Florida
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Sorrento, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Southold, New York
Holly Ridge, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Houston, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Hollywood, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Edison, Washington

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