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Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy' - Phyllis' Fancy Sage

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (S. leucantha x S. chiapensis?)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy' (Phyllis' Fancy Sage) - A vigorous growing sage that grows 4 to 5 feet tall by as wide with a mushroom shaped habit, narrower at the base than at the top. It has 3 to 4 inch long lanceolate leaves held on upright stems with leaves that are mid green with rugose texture on the upper surface and lighter green below. The flowers, present from mid to late summer to first frost (bloom well into winter in Santa Barbara), are held in on one sided whorls in 1 foot long dark violet colored wand-like spikes with violet and green calyces and a lower lip petal that is pure white while the upper lip, the hood, is white tinged violet and covered with soft hairs. Plant in full sun in a decently well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant but look best with occasional irrigation. It remains evergreen in frost free gardens yet proven hardy in Tony Avent's test garden at Plant Delights in North Carolina, where he describes it to be a root hardy perennial tolerating at least down to 7 F. It responds well to a hard trimming (to near ground) in late winter or later and needs this to look its best. It is a great plant for late summer color as a large border or accent plant and is great for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Likely, as with related sages, it probably will not be that attractive to deer. This plant was discovered at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum and named for Phyllis Norris, a longtime volunteer in the garden and speculation is that perhaps it is a hybrid between Salvia leucantha and Salvia chiapensis. It is somewhat similar to Salvia 'Waverly' but is taller with larger leaves and darker slightly smaller flowers - overall it reads to be a much bluer plant when in flower than 'Waverly'. We first saw this plant looking glorious in the border garden at the Mendocino Botanic Garden and purchased the plant at their nursery. In 2017 while visiting the Britsih Isles we also noted large plantings of this plant looking glorious at The Royal Botanic Garden Kew and at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley. Phyllis has really gotten around!  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'.