Salvias

Packets from this list are $4.00 each. Zones stated correspond to USDA climate zones.

Salvia apiana – California. White sage. Subshrub makes 2-3′ mounds of broad white, highly aromatic leaves. Flower stems to 6’+ carry white to pinkish white flowers in spring. 50 seeds

Salvia barrelieri – SW.Spain, N.Africa. Strong basal rosettes are somewhat blue green; very ornamental flower stalks to 5′ rise in late spring and carry many large lavender blue flowers for a long period. A striking perennial species. Z8 30 seeds

Salvia broussonetii – Canary Islands. Large light green leaves densely held on a rounded perennial shrub are very attractive set among other garden plants on this white flowered sage. To 30″. Z9 30 seeds

Salvia carduacea – California. Pale lavender blue flowers with an incredibly frilly lower lip are borne in spiny, cobwebby heads. Annual, good in containers. Z8 30 seeds

Salvia coccinea ‘Brenthurst’ – Tropical S. America. Generally used as an annual bedding sage, this plant can be perennial in mild areas. Warm pink flowers are set off nicely by dark stems during a very long blooming season. 30 seeds

Salvia columbariae – California, southwest U.S. Chia is a great annual for open ground. Prickly round heads of bright blue purple flowers on very straight stems. Plants can bloom at 4″ or 2′, depending on cultural conditions. 50+ seeds

Salvia desoleana – Sardinia. Wide light green leaves have undulating edges and make a tight clump to 2′. Pale cream and light blue flowers are carried on 18″ stems in spring and summer. Wonderfully pungent leaf aroma. 30 seeds

Salvia lanceolata  – South Africa.  Very dense shrub to 3′ with irregular gray leaves, and shortly spreading by underground stems. Large dusty pink flowers appear in spring and summer, and the calyces expand in fruit. 20 seeds

Salvia macrophylla-purple undersides – Peru. Shrub to 6’+ with large dark green leaves with purple undersides. Spikes of dark blue flowers are abundant spring to fall. Vigorous and impressive, but tender to hard frost. 30 seeds

Salvia macrophylla upright form – Peru. Upright sage, to 5’+. Flower spikes are a long series of lime green calyces from which bright blue buds develop into gentian blue flowers with a severely swept back lower lip. Styles and stamens are lightly blue flushed too. Broad green leaves. 30 seeds

Salvia namaensis – southern Africa. Twiggy light shrub to 5′ has a distinctive “medicinal” aroma and small pale blue flowers. Botanists call the light green leaves “lyrate pinnatifid” and they are quite attractive. No hard frost. 30 seeds

Salvia pratensis ‘Haemotodes’ – Europe. Green basal rosette; the great display of clouds of lavender blue flowers on dense spikes continues spring through the summer. Hardy and quite lovely. Z3 50 seeds

Salvia semiatrata – Mexico. Well branched shrub to 4-5′ has rich green leaves with a pebbly texture; spring and summer flowers combine light violet and deepest purple, and are held in a hot pink calyx. Z9   30 seeds

Salvia spathacea – This matting perennial has the sweetest smelling large rough green leaves; pitcher sage produces thick spikes of dark pink flowers in spring and early summer. Z8 30 seeds

Salvia splendens – pink fl. – Brazil. Majestic shrubs to 5’+ bloom all summer into fall with spikes of light peachy pink flowers set in peach calyces among lush green leaves. Backlit flowers are translucent and honeybees have been observed entering the flowers and sipping nectar, with extended tongues! Easy in a watered shady spot. Tender to frost. 30 seeds

Salvia subrotunda – Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina. Small vivid orange flowers are in perfect contrast to green stems and leaves on this 4′ bushy tender perennial. Blooms from spring to frost, and is especially attractive to hummingbirds. 30 seeds

Salvia taraxacifolia – Morocco. Gray, sweet-smelling rosettes look like dandelions when they are young; spikes of palest pink flowers appear late spring to fall. Very nice combined with red-violet flowers. Perennial, to 18″. Z9 30 seeds

Salvia tingitana – perhaps Morocco, but uncertain. Large pungently aromatic leaves are luminous pale green; spring flowers are soft yellow and light lilac. Forms an erect shrub to 2′. Z9    30 seeds