Plant Description

Salvia miniata

Salvia miniata

Salvia miniata grows to 1m tall and is a red-flowered species with attractive shiny leaves and slender blooms. It comes from Mexico and can flower all year round in our climate, although is never a mass of blooms. It enjoys a part-shaded position, as in its native habitat, tending to wilt in hotter spots. It likes reasonable moisture and won't do well in a very dry spot. It combines well with hot-coloured red-centred bromeliad species, cane Begonia, or so-called red justicia (Odontonema strictum) in a shady site. It tends to sucker a bit, but is not invasive. It is best to prune it back in late winter. It is frost-sensitive.

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Salvia miniata
Out now in my Sydney garden.
Flowers from November to July.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

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