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PlantFiles: 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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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner 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 Susan_C 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.


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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