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Products > Salvia confertiflora
 
Salvia confertiflora - Red Velvet Sage

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

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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 research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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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