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Growing Salvia (Perennial)

Growing Salvia (Perennial)

May Night Salvia

May Night Salvia item #14015



Perennial salvia, also called flowering salvia, is a hardy summer flowering perennial. Plants are long-blooming, easy-to-grow, and low-maintenance so they require little upkeep during the season. They are good for massed plantings, borders, and butterfly gardens.

How To Plant

Plant outdoors in spring after frost danger has passed. Site in a full sun location in moist, well-drained soil.


Sturdy branched stems do not flop in wind or in rain. Remove spent flowers to keep plants looking tidy and encourage reblooming.

Fertilizer Recommendations

A low to moderate feeder, scarlet sage benefits from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of  ALGOplus Flowering Plant4-6-7 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Usually free from issues and pest problems. Aphids and whitefly mayattack plants. Powdery mildew and rust occasionally occur. Use insecticidal soap or 70% neem oil to control these pests. Powdery mildew can be controlled with 70% neem oil.

Alternative Products

Other perennials that attract butterflies are butterfly weed (Asclepias), coneflower, and scabiosa.

Product Recommendations

Combines well in the garden or landscape with foliage plants like Silver Mound artemisia.

Salvia Facts

The genus name Salvia derives from the Latin word "salveo" which means to be in good health. This name is based on that some species of Salvia have a history of use as medicinal herbs.


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