PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Salvia chiapensis

Chiappan Sage

Plant Type Small shrub
Flower Colour Cerise
Leaf Shape Ovate - small
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought Tolerant
Coastal No
Frost Light
Native Mexico
Flower Months Sep-Apr



There are more than 900 species of Salvia and this colorful, autumn flowering sage is native to Mexico. Salvia chiapensis prefers a sunny well drained position in the garden.  It is tolerant to light frosts and extended dry periods.  An annual prune and a good feed with Osmocote in late spring will keep the plant healthy and vigorous.


The flowering spikes consist of eight to ten bright cerise flowers with a velvety appearance.  They add a bright splash of color into what can be a dull period in the garden.  The glossy green ovate leaves give good form and color for the rest of the year.  Salvia chiapensis is best suited to the cottage garden or as a background plant in a narrow garden bed interplanted with Rosmarinus 'Majorca Pink' and Correa 'Annie's Delight'.


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