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Salvia splendens 'Van-Houttei' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Stem

Dark Red in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

scarlet-flowered sage 'Van-Houttei'

Family

Lamiaceae


Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

'Van-Houttei' is a tender, erect perennial with ovate leaves and dark red stems bearing inflorescences to 25cm in length, with spaced whorls of scarlet flowers from purple calyces, in late summer and autumn

Synonym(s)

  • Salvia 'Van-Houttei'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil in full sun. Pinch out young growth to encourage bushiness. Water in dry weather

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 15-18ÂșC in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Slugs may damage young growth

Diseases

May be subject to foot and root rots in wet soils