Salvia 'Karla' (Karla's Sage) - A half-hardy shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall with green nicely textured 1 inch long elliptical mid green leaves and slightly fuzzy pale violet-pink flowers through most of the year. Likely to get knocked to the ground in a frost and rebound in the spring.
Plant in full sun and irrigate occasionally. Hardiness not known but both presumed parents are hardy to around 25° F. A nice herbaceous sage with cheery flowers.
This plant is thought to be a spontaneous seedling hybrid, presumably between Salvia 'Waverly' and Salvia chiapensis Salvia chiapensis as it exhibits traits of both and appeared between where these two sages were planted in the Santa Barbara area garden of Karla Bonoff in 2009. It has remained much more compact with a darker flower than Salvia 'Waverly' and with a more textured glossy leaf a bit like Salvia chiapensis. We feel this plant will make a great garden plant for smaller spaces where Waverly has proven to be a bit too big.
Information about Salvia 'Karla' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.