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Salvia, Hybrid Roseleaf Sage, Rosebud Sage 'Mulberry Jam'

Salvia involucrata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: involucrata (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mulberry Jam
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Hebron, Kentucky

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2017, Adrienneny from Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

The flowers seem more substantially solid and deeply colored than others. Hummingbirds seem to prefer it too. It could be because it grows taller and the flowers are prominently higher than its foliage. One of these plants managed to survive our winter protected at the base of a fig tree under tarps. It will be interesting to see how it does this summer. As mentioned in the review below, it doesn't produce many flowers in our zone either but it is an interesting plant which doesn't take up too much space. I just wish it was cold hardy.


On Dec 7, 2015, 00264167 from herne bay,
United Kingdom wrote:

Mulberry jam has fantastic flower colour, bright pink, but unfortunately in my experience growing it and compared to all other salvias i have, its not a very floriferous plant, only producing a couple of flowers on each plant. Even a group of them isnt that impressive as the flowers are so sparse. Mine also seem to have a tall and gangly habit with a tendency to flop or lean over.
Salvia involucrata Bethellii is similar to mulberry jam and from what ive seen is a better, more impressive plant (although slightly more tender).