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Salvia microphylla 'Sweet Laura'

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

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- 1 Salvia microphylla 'Sweet Laura' 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

Salvia 'Sweet Laura'
Botanical Name: Salvia microphylla ‘Sweet Laura’

Salvia microphylla ‘Sweet Laura’ is a small, shrubby perennial growing to about 40-50cm high and wide. The elliptical shaped leaves are mid green, with a slightly glossy appearance. They tend to roll in and have a clear central vein and a slightly serrated edge. The stems are green right to the top of the stem where the bracts start to blend from green to dark pinkish-brown. The flowers are two toned with the deeper pink hood providing a striking contrast against the dark bracts, before emerging completely. The lower lobes are a soft, pale pink with a hint of mauve. The bloom period should be from summer through to autumn.

Salvia ‘Sweet Laura’ originated in Queensland. The parent, Salvia microphylla is from the southern regions of Arizona in the United States and much of Mexico. The name ‘microphylla’ means small leaf in Greek and this plant is often called ‘myrtle of the mountain’ in Mexico. This is a complex species and it hybridises easily. Unfortunately, there is not much information available on its specific growth habits and requirements. However, it should do well in a full sun to part shade position and well drained soils. It is likely to be drought and frost tolerant, but some experimentation might be required. Trim as needed to maintain shape and provide extra water in the heat of summer if required.

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.


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