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Two Tone Felt Sage
Felt Sage is such an apt common name for Salvia leucantha.
Because an established clump bears literally hundreds of velvety flower stems, and so handily late in the gardening year when most other flowers have packed up shop.
Salvia leucantha may be the original, old-fashioned member of the family, but it still can’t be beaten for beauty and toughness.
The flower stems seem to be made from royal purple velvet with white trumpets peeking out of the fur.
And they are borne above a mound of sage-green felted foliage.
Plus, the foliage is also attractively two toned. With grey green felt uppers to the leaves and white velvet undersides.
So any breeze makes the foliage appear to sparkle as it twists and turns.
Height with flowers: 80cm.to 1.2m.approx. with an abundance of beautifully arching flower spires.
Width: 1 – 2m. wide approx. of arching, felted, attractive grey-green foliage.
Bloom Season: Long and constant blooming through mid-summer, autumn, and into winter.
Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic.
Cut flowers: Flower spires are outstanding as cut flowers for vases.
Position: Full Sun is optimum, though a little dappled shade can be tolerated. Particularly suitable for coastal, hot or dry gardens.
Salvia leucantha is resistant to some salt in coastal positions.
Water: Water wise. Drought resistant once established and thrives with minimal extra water.
Frost: Tolerates frosts to approx. -5C.
Soil: Tolerates a wide range of soils – including acid and alkaline pH. Soil types from sandy to clay based are all suitable, but the soil must always be well drained. Particularly suited to sandy soils and coastal positions.
Growth: Arching, rounded, shrubby perennial.
Care & Maintenance: Easy care, low maintenance. Little work is required throughout the year.
Pests & Diseases: Rarely troubled by pests or diseases.
Pruning: Pruning is not essential. But it is best to cut the stems back to ground level in early spring to promote new, fresh growth and even more abundant flowering.
Fertilizer: Do not over-fertilize. Quality fertilizer, such as Powerfeed, can be applied sparingly in spring. This plant is not a heavy feeder.
We recommend to water in with Seasol at planting, and regularly applications of Seasol help to protect against frost, wind and heat.
Container: Hardy & easy in a large pot.
Bees, Birds & Pollinators: Flowers are very attractive to bees, butterflies, honey eating native birds, and other beneficial pollinators. The long and prolific blooming period means there is abundant nectar for bees and birds over many months at a time of the year when other flowers are scarce.
Rabbits & Deer Resistance: Unlikely to be bothered by either rabbits or deer, as they dislike the taste of the aromatic foliage.
Quarantine Restriction: None. Salvia leucantha can be shipped to all states by Di’s Delightful Plants – one of Australia’s largest mail order nurseries and on-line plant catalogues. Licensed to ship plants to all states in Australia.
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