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

Salvia semiatrata

Riviera Sage

Plant Type Large shrub
Flower Colour Purple+mauve
Leaf Shape Ovate - medium
Leaf Colour Olive green
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought Dry periods
Coastal No
Frost Moderate
Native Mexico
Flower Months Sep-May



There are more than 900 species of Salvia mostly from Southern USA, Central and South America.  Salvia semiatrata is a selection from higher altitudes of Mexico.  It flowers in a series of flushes from mid summer to late autumn with two tone corollas that have a deep pink calyx thus giving the flowers a vibrance that makes them stand out from the plants around them.  It is a medium sized Salvia growing to around 1.4m.


It is a popular garden plant in the French and Italian Riveiera gardens giving the plant its common name.  It requires full sun, and a well drained rich organic soil with a regular deep watering in summer.  It will tolerate light to moderate frosts if the drainage is good.  Regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed and a cut back in mid spring will keep it compact and looking good.


Grow with other Salvia like Christine Yeo, Coral and Salvia coahuilensis to have a mosaic of autumn colors or plant with Lavandula ‘Avonview’, Tellima grandiflora 'Forest Frost' and Penstemon ‘Osprey’ for a long procession of flowers.


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