Salvia Jurisicii – (Lavender Sage)
This is a charming and undemanding bushy plant for the rockery or front of the border.It has showy dark blue flowers which are produced in summer and showy unusual foliage.
Salvia juriscii is an attractive plant even when it is not in bloom. It has very attractive grey- green feathery foliage , and this is most unusual for a salvia. It blooms in summer, bearing deep blue flowers that appear upside down, the lips pointed upwards instead of down which is usual.
Deadhead if you do not want it to self-seed. If you wish to collect seed allow the heads to become dry and brown before cutting.
This plant needs full sun to grow well, and once it is growing well, it is quite drought resistant. It will grow in almost any soil.
To propagate, divide in early spring or take softwood cuttings at any time.
Sow indoors in spring. Surface sow onto moist well-drained seed compost with only a sprinkling of soil to cover. Propagate temp. 20-25°C. Keep moist but not wet. Germination 10-14 days. Even under good conditions germination can be erratic. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots and grow on in cooler conditions. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed with 30cm spacing.
Lavender Sage, Sage, Upside Down Sage
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