The very definition of showy! With astoundingly fat 6-10” dangling panicles absolutely packed to overflowing with rich purple elongated 1-1.5” blooms against a background of soft and prettily veined green foliage. This large bushy Salvia reaches 6’x7’ if allowed to attain full size, with slightly downward arching stems. However, it can be maintained at a more compact size with a twice annual pruning. Known as a Fall to Spring bloomer, it can also bloom late Spring to Fall in milder Summer areas. Hummingbirds go crazy for it, especially when their food sources are scarce, but large butterflies and bees also love it! Cut back hard after blooming. Reseeds for freebies. Deer resistant. Provide rich, compost, well-draining soil.
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