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Salvia patens is a tender, tuberous rooted tender perennial from Mexico. It has the most alluring, deep blue flowers. Each flower appears to be split in two, like a gaping mouth. The flowers are so delicate and eye-catching, they will be the talking point of the flower border in late summer and autumn. The leaves are fairly soft and hairy. To propagate, sow seeds in spring and plant out when the danger of frost has passed. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to plant: May to June
Flowering period: July to September
Splendid clear blue flowers adored by bees.
I just bought some of the Oxford Blue variety; a really sparkeling blue colour. It isn't my most favourite Salvia. Those are S. Mystic Spires and S. farinacea Victoria.
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