Salvia canariensis - true species, 9cm pot
(Canary Island sage). A fast-growing and very striking rounded shrub with arrow-shaped leaves, grey-green with a light covering of fine white hairs. This is what we refer to as the true species, with a greener leaf than the more recognisable form known as var. candidissima which is densely covered in silver hairs. Although both forms are beautiful, this true species is less fussy and hardier than the above form, making it easier to place in the garden. From mid-summer through to autumn it covers itself in mauve flowers set off further by the pinky-purple calyces which remain long after the flowers have faded. Prefers a sunny warm spot with good drainage and shelter from harsh frosts, but will grow very well in a spot with only morning sun as well. Cut back after flowering to new growth and it will come away again. Flowering size 1.5-1.8m tall x 1.2m wide. 9cm pot.