Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia involucrata) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Deep rose-pink
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
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

The color and shape of the bloom is very unusual.

Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia involucrata) was a featured
Plant of the Day for December 5, 2016.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 11:58 PM

"Salvia involucrata (Roseleaf sage) is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the family Lamiaceae. It is native to the Mexican states of Puebla, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz, growing in shady places such as the edge of forests. Its specific epithet, "involucrata", refers to the prominent flower bracts, which are large and colorful.

Salvia involucrata grows five feet or taller before it starts blooming in late summer. The plant's flowers and bracts are a reddish, beetroot color. The bracts occur in pairs which envelop three flowers each, falling away as the flowers expand. The plant's leaves are small, flat mid-green, slightly cordate-shaped. Unusually, the leaves' petioles and veins share the flowers' beetroot-reddish hue. Genetically, the species has eleven (11) tetraploidal chromosomes.

Salvia involucrata and its cultivars 'Bethellii' and 'Boutin' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. 'Bethellii' was introduced in 1881 for its compact habit and large ovoid leaves. Another cultivar, common in France and Britain, is 'Deschamsiana', which was chosen in 1869 for the bright rose color of its inflated flowers. Cultivars that have found popularity in the U.S. include 'Hidalgo', 'El Butano', and 'El Cielo'—each named after the place in Mexico where it was collected.

Salvia involucrata breeds freely with other Salvia species, resulting in many hybrids at University of California Botanical Garden that show hybrid vigor. Some of these hybrid plants are known to grow up to six feet high, with a longer blooming period. 'Mulberry Jam', a smaller hybrid with upright growth, stronger stems, and continuous blooming from summer to frost was introduced in 1995 by Betsy Clebsch.

As a garden plant, it prefers good drainage, half to three-quarter a day of sun, humus enriched soil, and deep watering once a week. Propagation is by division or cuttings, which can be rooted in late summer or early autumn. The plant will grow back from the ground after light freezes. In early spring, it should be pruned back to active nodes a few inches from the crown."

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Lalambchop1 On May 15, 2016 Obtained plant
bought 2 large pots of this at the MCDS auction
lovesblooms On February 7, 2015 Seeds sown
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