Salvia Plant

Salvia Plant. Plants growing in persistently wet clay soil over winter may die. The stem is thick, hollow, and square with big green leaves.

Salvia Summer Jewel™ Lavender AllAmerica Selections
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Within the lamiaceae, salvia is part of the tribe mentheae within the subfamily nepetoideae. Chia (salvia hispanica) seeds are used in baking, chia sprouts are used in salads. Culinary sage, (salvia officinalis) probably the most widely used salvia for cooking, used in roasts, tuscan and italian cooking.sage butter sauce is popular.

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Salvia Leucantha Plant

Salvia Leucantha Plant. Jul planting month for zone 8: A bit more a recipient of the royal horticultural society’s award of garden merit, salvia leucantha is a steadfast player in western gardens.

Salvia May Night with Catmint in Foreground Piedmont
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Jul planting month for zone 8: Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Instead, it is prized as an ornamental plant.

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Salvia Hot Lips Plant

Salvia Hot Lips Plant. Evergreen in frostfree climates, otherwise deciduous. Some flowers will bloom in a solid red color, attracting bees and hummingbirds, or they may be solid white at times.

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A bushy evergreen, it has short, dense and aromatic foliage that looks excellent in borders and containers. In particularly hot weather look out for individual flowers in solid red or solid white. But the expression of colour is temperature sensitive.

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