'Maraschino' bush sage

Salvia 'Maraschino'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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'Maraschino' bush sage (Salvia 'Maraschino')
SAL-vee-ah
Genus:  Salvia
'Maraschino' bush sage is a superb Salvia that is irresistible to hummingbirds and gardeners alike. Even after dying back to the ground in winter in the cooler zones, this plant comes back in full force each spring, reaching its full height and covering itself with cherry red blooms by midsummer. The flowers bloom nonstop through the first hard frost, and the leaves are sweetly fragrant. Plants do best when given afternoon shade. 'Maraschino' grows to 3 feet tall.
Care:  Provide afternoon shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Divide in early spring, or take cuttings of newer growth anytime.
Problems:  Infrequent. Occasionally, aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies may bother plants.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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