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Salvia viridis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: viridis (VEER-ih-diss) (Info)

Synonym:Salvia horminium

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative lnaslund On Jul 12, 2014, lnaslund from Jersey City, NJ wrote:

This plant grows and flowers very quickly and needs a lot of space. By now, mid-July, it has flowered itself out and, even with trimming, is fading. The colorful bracts are at the very tips of the inflorescences, and I don't find the plant itself attractive, so if I ever grow it again, would place it behind something shorter. I made the mistake of planting this in a barrel--it rapidly took over, creating a weedy mess. It wasn't worth the small amount of color that it provided.

Positive keekster On Apr 6, 2003, keekster wrote:

A real easy grower. It puts out flowers all season, reseeds quickly. One of my favorites as an accent in the garden. Re-growth a little more sparse the second time around. One of the last plants to go before frost set in.

Positive bmuller On May 3, 2002, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows well from seed and blooms for several months, tolerating light frost. Seed can easily be collected, stored, and planted to propagate. Lasts well in the bed and in the vase.

Neutral poppysue On Nov 2, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

An easy annual to grow, the painted sage, puts on a beautiful garden display with colorful bracts of purples, rose and white. It quickly grows up to 2 feet tall in a sunny spot and average garden soil. The flowers (or bracts) are excellent for cutting and will dry well for everlasting arrangements.


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

Tuscumbia, Alabama
Concord, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Charlotte, North Carolina
Brownwood, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia

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