Salvia, Friendship Sage 'Amistad'


Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Amistad
Additional cultivar information:(PP23578)
Hybridized by Richards-Uria
Registered or introduced: 2011
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Dark Purple/Black

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mill Valley, California

Vacaville, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Leesburg, Florida

Portland, Maine

Portland, Oregon


Bellingham, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 22, 2018, pb1234 from Mill Valley, CA wrote:

Hummingbirds love this plant. By far this seems to be their favorite flower. Easy to grow, but not very hardy in cold winters. Blooms continuously from spring to fall. Very dramatic deep purple flowers. Will get tall, over six feet tall when happy. Highly recommended.


On May 9, 2018, hamptons from Watermill, NY wrote:

If you live in the Americas and you like hummingbirds, youll love this plant. Im in an area thats a bit 6 a bit 7 and this is an annual for me (strangely, salvia black and blue has started coming back each year...but alas, not Amistad). Its a real performer, growing large and floriferous. Hummingbirds cannot resist it. Be sure to pinch a stalk off once its flowers have fallen off- thats how you get it to grow and produce more flowers for months.

Almost forgot to mention its ridiculously easy to get more plants, as I discovered the first time I brought it home to my garden. The branches bend and break easily. By the time I got the plant home, three branches were broken. I snapped off the broken branches, pulled off the bottom leaves and stuck them in the ground, whi... read more


On Jun 2, 2017, Adrienneny from New Jersey 6b, NJ wrote:

Amistad is gorgeous. It survived our 6/7 zone sheltered by a vinyl fence and upside down pots on top. Even a zone 8 David Verity cuphea is returning through this way. Hummingbirds love the flowers. They are slow to show signs of life so don't consider them dead until summer. They should be placed behind smaller salvias so they won't block them. They'll create a thick, green backdrop until they bloom in late June.


On May 31, 2016, 00264167 from herne bay,
United Kingdom wrote:

....Its not that hardy.
Im in uk zone 9, (a few nights of -5c each winter ) and i lose about half of all the amistad plants i have regardless of if theyre well established or their growing conditions. They must only be root hardy at this temp and resprout from the ground rather than from last years old wood.
It genuinely flowers from may/june to november/december here, but its not as hardy as initially claimed.

By comparison i have numerous other salvias which are fine and reliably come through the winter (blue note, cerro potosi, melan, african skies, Phyllis' Fancy').

On the upside, amistad is one of the easiest and fastest plants to propagate from cuttings and develops roots in about one week. However it really needs two seasons outside to tu... read more


On Sep 25, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Spikes of flowers with purple corollas and black calices attract hummingbirds. Blooms much earlier in the season than S. guaranitica, when still quite small, and blooms much longer. Habit is at least as wide as high---can get 4' tall and 6' wide. Plant Delights says it shows no sign of the aggressive stoloniferous growth that S. guaranitica shows where it's hardy. Believed to be a hybrid of S. guaranitica and perhaps S. mexicana.

In hot summer climates this prefers part/afternoon shade.

The plant was discovered by Rolando Uria, an agronomy professor at the University of Buenos Aires, who found it at a plant sale in Argentina in 2005 and gave it to English plantsman Robin Middleton.