Salvia (Salvia interrupta) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Other: Deep violet with white throats
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Sensational Salvias: Much More Than Those Fantastic Flowers!Sensational Salvias: Much More Than Those Fantastic Flowers!
September 15, 2015

Hamilton Square Perennial Garden is one of three large gardens thriving in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. It is an all-volunteer labor of love. The concept of a garden cemetery may strike some as unusual, but it is now a much lovelier place to rest in peace or to just visit than in its past incarnation as a derelict and vandalized city-owned property. Hamilton Square has upwards of 50 Salvias. Here are a few with qualities that bring as much joy as their flowers.

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Salvia (Salvia interrupta) was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 22, 2016.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 9:36 PM

"Salvia interrupta is a perennial plant belonging to the family Lamiaceae. It is native throughout the range of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, growing between 1,300 to 1,500 feet elevation in shaded arboreal forests and on limestone slopes.

Salvia interrupta has apple-green three-lobed leaves of various sizes, with short white hairs on the underside, with the plant appearing to grow in a basal rosette. The flower stalks grow to 2 feet, with verticils of 5–10 flowers growing on small peduncles that are widely spaced along the stalk. The spacing explains the plant's epithet, "interrupta", and contributes to the elegance of the flower stalk. The stalks are square when young, becoming round when mature, with two distinct dark purple-brown lines running up the length of the stalk. The plant is sometimes confused with Salvia candelabrum, which has undivided leaves[citation needed] as compared to S. interrupta, due to the similarity of the flower stalks. Salvia ringens also looks similar to S. interrupta— it has longer petioles and repeat blooms more frequently.

In cultivation, flowering usually begins in late spring or early summer and repeats heavily in October. The flower stalks last well as cut flowers. In his 1933 classic The English Flower Garden, William Robinson described Salvia interrupta as one of the most beautiful border plants. The dramatic flowering stalks tend to get lost in the midst of other plants, so it is better for the front of borders, where its tidy foliage also out when not in bloom. It also works well as a dramatic single specimen in a large pot."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Salvia candelabrum has got me beat! by longk Mar 23, 2017 1:32 PM 2
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia interrupta) by Marilyn Oct 20, 2017 9:39 PM 7
I have salvia seeds by sequoia Aug 17, 2015 6:26 PM 3
What is Blooming Now - Part II by Kelli Jun 28, 2011 4:14 PM 56
WooHoo! Salvia! by wcgypsy Mar 20, 2017 3:54 AM 112

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