Canary Island sage

Salvia canariensis

Photo/Illustration: 
Linda Wesley
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Canary Island sage (Salvia canariensis)
Genus:  Salvia
This short-lived, tender perennial shrub native to the Canary Islands off the African coast sends up 6-foot white-furred stems cloaked with long, felted, arrow-shaped leaves and topped, summer to frost, with plumes of purplish violet flowers clasped by red-tipped calyxes. It grows up to 4 feet wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care:  Provide moist, well-drained soil and good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.
Propagation:  Sow seed in spring; divide in spring; take cuttings in spring through autumn.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara,
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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