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Salvia discolor

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This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Salvia discolor Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Salvia discolor Peruvian Sage

Salvia discolour is an evergreen perennial growing to 60-80cm high and up to 80cm wide under good conditions, but may only reach 45 high and 45cm wide. The flowers are a stunning deep violet colour, sometimes taking on an almost black appearance. In photos the flowers often appear black, but a deep eggplant colour could be a more apt description. The long bracts are a pistachio grey-green and contrast with both the dark flowers and the rich green stem holding the inflorescence. The fragrance of the flowers is said to be a rich black current aroma, fruity and eucalyptus all mixed into one. Intoxicating and elegant are apt descriptions for the flowers.

The growth habit is scandent or somewhat climbing and trailing, with the long stems often arching under the weight of leaves. The richly coloured, grey green leaves are edged with silvery white and marked with a white central vein. The main stems and the underside of the leaf are tomentose, meaning they are covered in dense, flat white hairs giving a silvery appearance. The hairy stems change to green near the floral display, become very sticky and often catch insects.

This saliva goes by many common names including Peruvian Sage, Andean Silver Leaf Sage, Flypaper Sage, Black Sage and Con-colour Sage. The many names have developed because the plant is native to the high altitude regions of Peru and has bi-colour leaves, which may also be sticky enough to catch insects. There is a variety with a slight purple tinge to the bracts and slightly smaller leaves, which is simply called S. discolour – Purple Bracts.

The salvia family has over 900 members with an extensive history as culinary, medicinal and ornamental plants. Ornamental salvias have become collectors items, as gardeners try to find a place in their garden for each and every one. There are salvias that will suit every type of soil and climate. More information on the Salvia genus and Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) may be found on our Common Sage page.

Growing Conditions

Salvia discolour likes full sun for at least half a day and may tolerate part shade. Although, it is quite drought tolerant regular watering in summer is appreciated and improves plant condition. Well drained soils are best, as it does not like wet feet. The flowering period is from summer to autumn. In warmer climates, like much of Australia, Peruvian Sage may bloom most of the year including some winter months. It does not seem to respond to cutting back as a means of encouraging bushy growth. The leafless stems extend up to 90 cm before arching and pruning does not alter this pattern. Propagation is by semi hardwood cuttings.

Peruvian Sage is a medium sized plant, with a scandent growth habit and often arches over to the ground under its own weight. A trellis or bamboo frame is often a good choice for the sprawling nature of this plant. Reports suggest the plant does climb, but it does not have tendrils. If not given the support of a frame or other plants, it may settle into a ground cover. It also does well in a container and tumbles nicely over the edges. It is worth noting that in many countries salvias are grown in containers due to the climate.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

Find out more about our Returns information.

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    SC
    09/11/2020
    Sally C.
    Australia Australia
    ANGELS WINGS & SALVIA DISCOLOUR

    Both salvias arrived in top condition,beautifully packed, I repotted them the day after I received them & they are thriving

    A
    12/30/2019
    Anonymous
    Fabulous service

    Wow - your service is amazing. The communication was fabulous. And when I received my order it was beautifully packed with great Instructions. Awesome - I will return. Michelle Skurray, Inman Valley

    A
    12/06/2019
    Anonymous
    Salvia discolour purchase

    Top quality transfer of living plant in good condition! And thanks for the thoughtful help around what to do when it arrives. I've followed your instructions and so far, little plant is thriving !! Thanks so much, will be in touch if need be.

    VB
    12/19/2016
    Vicki B.
    Recent purchase and salvia discolour

    Hello, absolutely love salvia discolour and was looking forward to my recent purchase after loosing my previous one in frost last winter. Unfortunately disappointed with my recent purchases as arrived quite stressed..bounced back when given an overnight deep soaking but unfortunately the purchases are not doing well now planted out and I am must concerned I may loose them including discolour. Thinking it was the wrong time of year to purchase with very hot conditions whilst in the mail system. Fingers crossed they shoot. Vicki