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Salvia 'Carol's Delight' - Carol's Terry's 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: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Parentage: (S. karwinskii x S. wagnerianum?)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Salvia 'Carol's Delight' (Carol's Terry's Sage) - A large shrubby perennial that can grow 6 feet tall or even taller with support. It has bright green elliptical leaves with prominent veins and bright pink flowers from fall through late winter and early spring (late September through early March) here in Santa Barbara. Plant in full sun to light shade with average garden irrigation. Reliably hardy to only about 27 F but will resprout after slightly colder temperatures from the base. This plant is a presumed hybrid between Salvia karwinskii and Salvia wagnerianum. It was a spontaneous seedling hybrid found in the early '90s in the Santa Barbara garden of Joyce Greenlund who gave a piece to Carol Terry, then caretaker of Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden in downtown Santa Barbara and a Past President of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society. Carol propagated this plant and planted it in the park where she worked and also distributed it around, including a plant to Ernie Wasson, who planted it in the registered Salvia garden at Cabrillo College and named it 'Carol's Delight'. Carol also was our source of this beautiful sage. In Carol's garden this plant has grown to 8 to 10 ft. tall against her neighbors Podocarpus hedge and it has reached a similar size in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden. Like its parents this plant is a cool season bloomer with the shape of the inflorescence approximating that of Salvia karwinskii with a 6-7 inch bloom spike that develops side shoots of blooms as they elongate for several months. The bracts, calyces, and flowers are more similar to the other parent presumed parent, Salvia wagneriana in color and size. There are references that note this a hybrid of Salvia involucrata and Salvia karwinskii but Salvia involucrata was not believed to be in the Greenlund's garden when this hybrid arose. The name Salvia comes from the Latin name used by Pliny for the plant and comes from the Latin word 'salvere' meaning "to save" in reference to the long-believed healing properties of the plant. Images of this plant on our website courtesy of Carol Terry.  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 'Carol's Delight'.