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Salvia confertiflora

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: confertiflora (kon-fert-tih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Salvia rufa
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Provides winter interest

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Lillian, Alabama

Alameda, California

American Canyon, California

Ferndale, California

Huntington Beach, California

Richmond, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 16, 2016, 00264167 from herne bay,
United Kingdom wrote:

This is one plant that has too much foliage for the amount of flowers and cant really justify taking the limited space when there are more abundant flowering salvias.
It makes a relative large 3-4foot shrubby and uninteresting bush for most of the year (in uk, zone 9) and doesnt start flowing until august here. The flowers are nice and continue in to november until the first couple of frosts but the plant isnt that hardy. Im in the mildest part of the uk and one plant made it through the winter in a pot next to a wall, the other in the ground died (min temp we had was -4c).
This plant seems to have undeserved popularity in the uk, but in truth you'ld be much better off with a similar looking persicaria or hydrangea for a longer and more abundant flowing period.

Positive

On Nov 14, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

UPDATE

Positive

On Jun 17, 2007, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Blooms almost all year-round and is beloved by hummingbirds. Unlike a lot of salvias, will bloom very well in part shade. Benefits from yearly pruning to keep it from getting too woody and leggy.

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