Salvia confertiflora (Sabra Spike Sage)
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Salvia confertiflora (Sabra Spike Sage)

Sabra Spike Sage, Red Velvet Sage


Salvia confertiflora (Sabra Spike Sage) is a tender perennial with lance-shaped, scalloped, dark green leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm). Pungently-scented, they exude an unpleasant odor when bruised. In mid-summer to frost, slender spikes of small scarlet-orange flowers rise well above the foliage. The flower stalks and flowers are covered with velvety reddish-brown hairs. The blossoms provide a welcome splash of color in the late-season landscape. They are attractive to hummingbirds and look great in flower arrangements, both as a fresh cut flower or dried.

  • Tender, this plant is hardy to zone 9 and is generally treated as an annual in cooler areas.
  • Grows up to 4-6 feet tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • Enjoys full sun to light shade in well-drained soils. Provide regular weekly watering.
  • Deer resistant, heat and drought tolerant.
  • Prune heavily in winter or early spring.
  • Keep an eye out for slugs and snails, capsid bug, rosemary beetle and leafhoppers.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring. Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn with bottom heat.
  • Native to Brazil.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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