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Salvia cardinalis/Salvia fulgens 6 seeds
From Puebla, Mexico comes this extremely gorgeous, tall impressive sage that simply puts the "WOW" word into the mind of the onlooker. Related to the larger, winter-flowering Saliva gesneraeflora and just as desirable, S. cardinalis grows into a smaller erect shrub with heart-shaped foliage. Blooms from summer through fall, with long inflorescences each topped by a very distinct, aromatic bracts that form a transitory involucre. The large, fire-engine red flowers are covered in soft hairs, resulting in a velvety look when dry and giving a glistening appearance when hit by morning dew. Purplish-red calyx of each bloom remains long after the petals fall, so the plant can appear quite colorful for some time. Hardy from zone 8 onwards. 5 feet tall, 3 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. Rich, well-drained soil. Regular watering. Usually available only in plants/cuttings forms. Exclusive, fresh seeds, harvested 04/2017 - 05/2017.
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