Like Salvia? Read about our Salvia invulucrata!
Like Salvia? Read about our
In a September Garden, when many perennials begin to fade and finish, Salvias are in their full glory. Salvia invulucrata, commonly called Rosebud or Roseleaf Sage, can be seen in the perennial garden along the north trail, its magenta flowers glowing on both foggy mornings and sunny afternoons.
A lovely addition to the border, this Salvia deserves a prime spot. Give it space to grow 6 feet tall and wide. Native to the Mexican states of Veracruz, Puebla, and Tamaulipas, it is accustomed to a rainy season from May to October, and drought through the winter, the opposite of our Mediterranean climate. It doesn’t however seem to have any trouble adjusting, as long as it is placed in a fairly well drained site, as not to sit in a cold, wet puddle all winter. Once established it can stand a fair bit of neglect but certainly enjoys some extra water during the growing season (and the occasional compliment in Spanish. “Que hermosa eres!”).
It is best to leave the plant standing through winter frosts and then cut back to twelve inches or so in early spring. That way you will have a nice bushy plant full of flowers in the late summer through fall.
Like so many Salvias, S. invulucrata is revered by gardeners and hummingbirds alike and will continue to provide food and beauty throughout autumn.
Submitted by Siena MacFarland, MCBG Gardener