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Products > Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley'
 
Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley'
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley' A compact plant that grows to about 2 feet tall and spreads to 4 to 6 feet wide with slowly spreading rhizomatous growth. It has dark green, glossy, nicely textured and aromatic 1 inch long oval leaves on dark stems that are a great foil for the flowers, which appear in late winter and continue through late fall with a subtle shift in color starting off a deeper magenta red and lighten to pink by summer. Plant in full to considerable amount of shade (blooms best in full sun) in a soil with good drainage and irrigate infrequently to only occasionally - none needed in coastal gardens once plants are established. Has proven evergreen to around 15F and resprouting from the ground from temperatures below this and considered useful in gardens down to USDA zone 8b. Established plants can tolerate and benefit from a hard pruning in fall or winter. As with others in the Salvia microphylla group it is showy in bloom over a long period, is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds, bees and beneficial insects to the garden, yet resistant to predation by gophers, deer and rabbits. Salvia microphylla is a species native to eastern, western and central Mexico with 3 races or varieties that have been identified but are hard to distinguish from each other and hybridize freely with each other and Salvia greggii. The Latin epithet means "small leafed" and so plants are sometimes called Small Leafed Sage but it is also called Mirto de Montes (Myrtle of the Mountains). The cultivar 'Berzerkeley' was a chance seedling found growing at Monterey Bay Nursery between stock plants of S. microphylla 'UCB' and S. microphylla var. grahamii and introduced by them in 1997. This selection has long been considered to be one of the best of the Salvia microphylla cultivars with bright pink flowers similar to its likely parent Salvia microphylla 'UCB' but with slightly smaller flowers and compact form that likely came from its other parent. Luen Miller of Monterey Bay has long insisted that it is the best Salvia microphylla cultivar.  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 will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia microphylla 'Berzerkeley'.
 
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