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Canary Island sage

Salvia canariensis

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 CharacteristicsSalvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 

CareProvide moist, well-drained soil and good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

PropagationSow seed in spring; divide in spring; take cuttings in spring through autumn.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Self Seeds
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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