Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

Photo/Illustration: 
Linda Wesley
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(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.

Overview

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
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,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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