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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3-4 feet (1 - 1.2 meters)
Plant Spread: 3 feet (1 meter)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Other: Fuchsia
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Layering
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP21,889
Child plants: 2 child plants

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Common names
  • Salvia

'Wendy's Wish' was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 6, 2015.
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Photo by rvird01
Location: Western Washington
Date: 2015-09-06
Location: Sheri's healing flower garden
Date: 2015-09-12
Blooming on into September!
Location: Houston, PA
Date: 2013-08-05
Location: Georgia, USA 
Date: Summer
Photo by wcgypsy
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2012-1002
Attractive to hummingbirds especially when you don't have your ca
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Date: September
Messy growth, but hummers love it.
Location: NJ
Date: 2014-06-25
Location: zone 8b Sheris healing flower garden
Date: 2015-09-06
The blooms are very photogenic and loved by hummingbirds!
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-02
Location: zone 8b sheris healing flower garden
Date: 2015-10-03
October 3 and it loves the cooler nights!
Location: Sheri's healing flower garden in Alabama
Date: 2016-04-10
Soon to be a delight for a hummingbird!
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Location: NJ
Date: 2014-06-12
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Photo by Sheridragonfly
Location: UGA Trial Gardens, Athens, Georgia, USA
Date: Late Summer

Date: October 20, 2011
Location: Work area
Date: 2012-0504
As purchased 5/5/2012, in bloom.
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2012-1002
Loaded with blooms to frost.
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-15
Location: San Francisco Flower & Landscape Show
Date: 2009-03-18
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Hamburg
Location: Houston, PA
Date: 2013-08-05
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-05-11
I love the color of this salvia's blooms! It blooms year round in
Location: In backyard garden, Elk Grove, CA
Date: 2014-4-26
New plant.  What a beauty
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2020-04-29
In my garden with background of brugmansia
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-09-23
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Location: sheri's healing flower garden zone 8b
Date: 2015-09-06
 Wendy's salvia bloom, long and showy
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-06-27
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-01-02
Location: western Oregon
Date: summer 2013
Location: montana grandiflora garden
Date: 2012-1026
Shown with dahlia, Star's Favorite.
Location: AZ
Date: 2016-06-06
Leaves are interesting on this salvia.
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-09-23
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-05-11
I grow Wendy's Wish Salvia in a large pot. It attracts bees and h
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 13, 2011
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-02-16
A must for the hummingbird garden, perennial in FL
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2014-08-30
Growing in light afternoon shade
Location: AZ
Date: Spring
This is a beautiful color and the leaves are interesting also.
Location: Zone 8b Sheri's healing flower garden
Date: 2015-10-01
Has  beautiful shaped emerald green leaves
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-08
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2014-06-29

Date: October 13, 2011

Date: October 13, 2011
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-07-08
Wonderful Hummingbird plant!
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2013-06-29
Location: Gulf-coast Texas
Date: 2014-12-15
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-06
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-19

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Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-01
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-01
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-01
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-05-26
Closeup
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-05-26
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-16
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-07
Growing in a 20 inch container
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 13, 2011

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-04-28
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Comments:
  • Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2011 3:31 AM concerning plant:
    'Wendy's Wish' is a wonderful hybrid Salvia with spires of bright fuchsia colored flowers with brownish-pink calyces that was found in Wendy Smith's garden in Australia. The leaves are dark green and glossy. It is a sterile, interspecific cross so it has a very long bloom period and doesn't set seed. This plant is patented and part of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, therefore the name 'Wendy's Wish'. It can take Sun to Part Shade (prefers part sun-part shade in the south.) It has performed very well for me in a container and I love the flowers. It is attractive to hummingbirds. I have been overwintering it on a porch that gets close to freezing but not below and it doesn't go dormant. I haven't tried overwintering it outside yet.

    My Climate: USDA Zone 7b, AHS Heat Zone 7/8, Humid
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 7, 2014 5:13 PM concerning plant:
    Wendy's Wish is a wonderful Salvia. I love it and so do the hummers, butterflies, and bees.

    The magenta flowers are a gorgeous color and are long. The flower buds appear to be a deeper color than the flowers. The calyxes are pinkish in color and add to the overall look of the flower.

    Easy to grow whether in containers or the ground.

    A beautiful and long blooming Salvia to add to the garden.

    'Wendy's Wish' was the first of the three Salvia Wish Collection. The other two are 'Ember's Wish' and 'Love and Wishes'. A portion of plant proceeds go the Make-A-Wish Australia.

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