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Growing Salvia

Botanical Name:

Salvia

Life Cycle:

annual, tender perennial

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

10" to 4 1/2' tall

Exposure:

full sun or very light shade

Soil:

average, evenly moist, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

zones dependant on variety

Bloom Time:

summer

Flower:

variety of colors

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds (many heavy self-sowing), division (best done in spring) or cuttings

Suggested Use:

beds, containers, borders, herb gardens, and fresh or dried cut flowers

Growing Hints:

Sow seeds directly into ground in early spring or start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date. Some need light to germinate and should not be covered, but simply pressed lightly into the soil. Seedlings are also widely available for transplanting and should be spaced 10 to 20 inches apart. Pinch off spent bloom clusters for continuous flowering.

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Interesting Facts:

Sage is in the genus Salvia. It is classified as both an herb and a flower.

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