Salvia Pratense ‘Rose Rhapsody’ – (Meadow sage)
A striking plant with beautiful pink hooded flowers which are great for the summer border, attractive to butterlies and bees and excellent for cutting.
Salvia Rose Rhapsody has a rich, densely packed display of long soft pink spikes in summer. It is medium in size, and tolerates both heat and humidity well. Spent flowers should be removed to encourage repeat flowering, so that the plant does not spend its energy on making seeds. It is attractive to butterflies, bees and the foliage is aromatic.
The soil should not dry out completely, even though the plant can tolerate drought.
In mild areas the plant will stay green over winter, but should be cut back hard in spring to encourage new growth.
For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, one can also sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.
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