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Products > Salvia 'Roman Red' PP31,931
Salvia 'Roman Red' PP31,931 - Roman Red Sage
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Salvia 'Roman Red' PP31,931 - A tender perennial with upright growth habit to 28 to 34 inches by about as wide with dark green 3 inch long by nearly 2 inch wide ovate leaves and from spring through first frost rising well above the foliage appear the foot long upright spikes of 1 1/2 inch long rich red flowers with darker red calyces that are held 3 to each cluster (verticillasters) spaced an inch or less along the spike.

Plant in full to part sun with regular to occasional irrigation. Remains semi-evergreen in warm climates with foliage held in temperatures above 32F and resprouting from the base after light frosts. Is listed as useful in USDA zones 8a to 11. A very showy red flowering perennial that is quite attractive to people, bees and hummingbirds.

This hybrid sage originated in a controlled breeding program in Hem, the Netherlands in August 2014 that had the objective of creating vigorous and upright well branched Salvia cultivars with large attractively colored flowers and dark green-colored foliage. This involved using the vigorous upright and compact Salvia splendens Vista Rose ('PAS425912') as the female (seed) parent and the strong blooming perennial Salvia darcyi (Galeana Red Sage) as the male (pollen) parent. Salvia 'Roman Red' was selected as a single flowering plant from this cross in March 2015.

After trialing a US Plant Patent by Ball Horticultural Company in September 2019 and it received Plant Patent PP31,931 in June 2020. We first noted this attractive plant in 2021 mixed in with plants we were growing from purchased in plugs of the patented Salvia Mystic Spires Blue ['Balsalmisp'] PP18,05. 

This information about Salvia 'Roman Red' PP31,931 displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.