“Red Velvet Sage”
close up photo: JG in SF
Striking, 1’-2’, velvety reddish-brown spikes are borne mid-Summer to frost on this hard-to-find Salvia from Brazil. Hardy to 25° F here in the Bay Area, 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.