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Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii'


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (156582)

Plant details

This is an interesting perennial from Mexico, which may survive outside over the winter in very protected, warm areas. Otherwise, treat it as an annual or overwinter by taking cuttings in late summer and early autumn. The dense, terminal flower spikes bear typical sage flowers, which are a distinctive, bright purplish crimson. The soft, slightly hairy leaves are fairly large and velvety. Choose it for a pleasant show in late summer and autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: involucrata

Cultivar: Bethellii

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Time to take cuttings: August to September

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