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Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' (Baby Sage)

Baby Sage 'Red Velvet', Mountain Sage 'Red Velvet', Salvia x jamensis 'Red Velvet', Salvia microphylla x greggii 'Red Velvet'


Noted for its intense red flowers, Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' is a tender perennial Salvia that will reward you with masses of exceptionally large, brilliant red velvety flowers, beautifully contrasting with their dark chocolate stems and calyxes. Enjoying a long blooming season, from early summer to frost, they rise above a handsome bush of glossy, rounded rich green foliage. The very attractive flower stalks are of great aesthetic appeal in beds or borders and attract scores of butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

'Red Velvet' results from a cross between Savlia microphylla and Salvia greggii.

  • Well-branched and very free-flowering, 'Red Velvet' grows vigorously up to 2-4 ft. tall and across (60-120 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade, in moist, well-drained soils. It is not fussy about soils as long as there is good drainage. Water and fertilize regularly to keep it flowering. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Low maintenance, this Salvia is perfect for beds and borders, and well suited to coastal gardens, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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 7 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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