Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full sun
South facing, west facing
Position in border:
Front, middle


Prefers rich soil:
Well Drained / Light / Sandy

Perennial sages (salvias) come in a vast range of forms and colours and look good in almost all planting schemes. They do well in a mixed or herbaceous border and are perfect for underplanting roses – they're said to keep mildew and black spot at bay. They also look great in tropical planting schemes, alongside dahlias, bananas and cannas. Salvias are ideal for growing in coastal and dry gardens. They also grow well in pots.

Salvias are invaluable in ornamental borders for their display of large spiky flowers from summer through to autumn. Salvia 'Amistad' is particularly floriferous, bearing unusually large, deep purple flowers with almost-black calyces and stems. Its petals have a velvety texture and it makes an excellent cut flower. It's extremely popular with bees.

How to grow Salvia 'Amistad'

For best results grow Salvia 'Amistad' in a sunny, sheltered spot in well-drained soil. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage flowers into mid-autumn. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Don't cut back the flower stems in autumn but let them remain intact over winter, to protect the rootball and developing shoots from frost. Cut these back only after new growth has emerged in spring. Plants growing in colder regions may need additional winter protection.

Advice on buying Salvia 'Amistad'

This page contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made. Please read our affiliates FAQ page to find out more.
  • Salvia'Amistad' is widely available from nurseries and garden centres but you may have better size options online
  • Salvia'Amistad' does best in a sunny, sheltered spot. Ensure you have the right growing conditions before you buy
  • Always check trees for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy Salvia 'Amistad'

Plant calendar

Take cuttingsyesyesyes

Salvia ‘Amistad’ and wildlife

Salvia ‘Amistad’ is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Is known to attract Bees
Is not known to attract Beneficial insects
Beneficial insects
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Butterflies/​Moths
Is known to attract Other pollinators
Other pollinators

Is Salvia ‘Amistad’ poisonous?

Salvia ‘Amistad’ has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People
Plants that go well with Salvia 'Amistad'