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Products > Salvia confertiflora
 
Salvia confertiflora - Red Velvet Sage

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red Brown
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Salvia confertiflora - A striking late blooming sage from Brazil that grows with an upright habit to 5 to 8 feet tall. It has large 7 inch long 3 inch wide leaves that are dark green with a rough texture. The flower stalk, covered with reddish-brown velvety hairs, typically up to 1 foot long but possibly longer, is crowded with small red-orange flowers whose buds and calyces are likewise covered with the reddish-brown hairs. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade (especially inland) with well-draining soil and regular weekly watering. It is damaged with a frost and suffered significant damage when temperatures drop into the low 20's degrees F. Heavy pruning is recommended in late winter as this salvia develops heavy stems with age and support may also be necessary to keep flowering stems upright. The interesting flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and work well in flower arrangements, both as a fresh cut flower or dried. The specific epithet 'confertiflora' means "crowded flowers" for the way the flowers are congested on the inflorescence.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia confertiflora.
 
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