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Salvia semiatrata, 10 seeds
Native to Oaxaca Mexico, this rarely cultivated evegreen Sage really kicks up the color scheme in the Salvia gardens. A very handsome shrubby perennial with small, bright green, triangular-shaped, "pebbly" leaves, Salvia semiatrata is the perfect plant for a container placed where its details can be seen at close range. Not only is the textured foliage enjoyable, its flowers are very eye-catching as well. These bicolored blooms each has a luminious lilac upper lip and a midnight purple lower lip, held together by a contrasty magenta calyx. The effect is shockingly vibrant, and certainly electrifying. Blooms almost non-stop here in California. Hardy from zone 8 onwards. Full sun to part shade. 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide but can be pruned to keep much smaller. Rich, well-drained soils. Very rare and exclusive seeds, harvested 08/2017.
Our website for actively-growing plants and cuttings (eclecticplants.ecrater.com) is now re-opened starting 6/2/2014. Cuttings of some Salvia species are available there.