Salvia, Hybrid Sage, Ornamental Sage 'Wendy's Wish'


Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Wendy's Wish
Additional cultivar information:(PP21889)
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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

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

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

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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

Alameda, California

American Canyon, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California

Mission Viejo, California

San Jose, California (2 reports)

Walnut Creek, California

Casselberry, Florida

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Thomasville, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Chaska, Minnesota

Southold, New York

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Houston, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Hollywood, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Belton, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Edison, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 12, 2017, KayMN from Robbinsdale, MN wrote:

If you love hummingbirds, this is the plant to have! In Minnesota I grow it as an annual. It's not the most attractive plant in my garden but I still love it. Be sure to give it space to grow. I have a hard time finding this plant in my area. This fall I took a cutting and also collected some branches w/ dried blooms.

How in the world do I separate the seed from the chaff? anyone done this? I almost have to do a surgery to get to the seed since it's like stuck way down in the stem of the bloom. (hope that makes sense). I've collected seeds from other flowers etc for years, but this one has me stumped. Can someone help me?. Thank you.


On Feb 16, 2016, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

If you want hummingbirds in your garden this is a must have plant. It is the first plant the hummers go to. Easy to propagate and start new plants. All my plants started with one nursery plant. Does well in sun or shade, but seems to need some sun for better blooms. Handles cold temps very well, down to upper 30's with no problem, if freezes, always comes back. Does well in Florida's sandy soil, pretty drought tolerant once established.


On Oct 26, 2015, wingsoffreedom from San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mine grows very well in a 5 gallon pot, lovely leaves and beautiful magenta flowers on dark stalks. It grows quite wild looking and reacts very well to trimming. Hummers visit this fairly often


On Mar 4, 2015, paulwhit from Houston, TX wrote:

This plant is growing like gangbusters in a VERY tough spot in my garden (partial shade at best, next to a drain = fairly moist, constant exposure to two smallish dogs). It's been blooming almost constantly since I put it in last fall, and has grown from ~18" at planting to ~48" now. I'm a big fan and will probably try to find more this year.


On Oct 29, 2013, FLDianne from Naples, FL wrote:

I love this plant with its vibrant flowers and easy care. Here in Naples it seems to get a bit larger. This one already has a 4 ft spread. With our sandy, alkaline soil it is often difficult to grow flowers but this one is beautiful. Will try my hand at some cuttings.


On May 2, 2013, gbirdie from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

from gbirdy- A friend gave me cuttings and they rooted very quickly in a mix of damp perlite and vermiculite. Resulting plant is now 2 years old and thriving.


On Apr 12, 2013, heckabore from Walnut Creek, CA wrote:

Gorgeous. Blooms and blooms and blooms. I love the burgundy stems with the bright green leaves and dark, dark, dark pink flowers. Unfortunately did not survive the winter here in Walnut Creek. This year I'm planting one next to my house instead out farther out in the garden in hopes it will live over until next year.


On Jul 5, 2011, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

This year, 2011, is the first year that I have had this plant in my zone 8b garden. So far I am impressed. It continues to flower and the plant itself has a good form. The leaves have a touch of burgandy and are different from the other salvias I have. My plants are doing well with half day afternoon sun in average soil.


On Apr 30, 2011, plantnutga from Thomasville, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grew this in summer 2010 and was very impressed. I purchased a 4" pot w/a teeny plant and tucked it into a large container with as I recall a penta and salvia 'black and blue'. This salvia is a robust grower and was not intimidated by the shade of other plants- it wound in and out between the others and stayed in bloom until our first freeze. The large screaming fuchia blooms were beautiful!


On Sep 9, 2009, loneoak221 from Bow, WA wrote:

This variety has a show stopping hot magenta pink flower accented by dusky mauve calyx. Dark stems contrast the rich green foliage. For best habit, pinch to promote branching.