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Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

Salvia microphylla var. neurepia Photo/Illustration: Linda Wesley


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia microphylla var. neurepia Genus: Salvia
This native of the American Southwest and Mexico forms an evergreen shrub or shrubby perennial with dark, glossy leaves that are small (but slightly larger than most microphyllas) and softly toothed. It blooms off and on all summer, and again, more vigorously, in late summer and autumn, in blossoms of cherry-red. Its attractive foliage cloaks the plant to the ground, so it is well suited to the front of the border. It can grow to 4 feet tall and twice as wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: Salvia are some of the showiest plants for containers and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them.  
Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Propagation: Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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