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Salvia, Sabra Spike Sage, Harvest Sage
Salvia confertiflora

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Flowers are good for cutting

Provides winter interest

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

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:

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Positive

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

Salvia confertiflora ia also known as Red Velvet Sage . Striking, 1-2, velvety reddish-brown spikes are borne mid-Summer to frost on this hard-to-find Salvia from Brazil. It grows quickly to 4 or 5 tall, with stiff, erect side branching off the main stem. Deep green, rugose foliage contrasts nicely with the antique velvet colored spikes & creates a desirable look even when not in bloom. Prune heavily in Winter or early Spring. Hummingbird magnet! Rich, well-drained soil is best.

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.