Monday, 11 August 2014

Salvia canariensis candidissima

Salvia canariensis
A shrubby Canary Island species related to the Mediterranean and African sages. This is striking for its broad grey foliage and pure white fluffy stems and branching sprays of flowers from mid summer until the frost. Lynsey Pink tells me that forms of canariensis with fluffy white stems should be known as S.c.candidissima. 
Salvia canariensis
This is a plant for dry sunny conditions and is not very hardy but well worth a try in a sheltered spot outside in milder areas. In the wild it is a large shrub but in colder areas it is usually cut to the ground by frost but regenerates strongly if the cold does not penetrate too deeply. Otherwise an excellent container plant kept dry and frost-free.
2L pots ~ £6

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