Seed Listing

Seed Disclaimer:

Although we try to insure the purity of the seed, we cannot guarantee that the seed will come true to form. Many do come true to form, but be aware that Salvia species can cross with other Salvias, especially in the case of the greggii / microphylla cultivars.

Please check the identity of the resulting seedlings.

If there is any difference in the seedlings, be very selective and check for duplication of what Salvias are already existing and what is very similar to other Salvias  being promoted.

All this is to prevent confusion as so many look the same or have similar names.
Please check the website : pages on Plant identification, New Salvias and the various lists through out the site.

Any plant that produces seed has the potential to become a weed in an ideal environment, but few gardens have ideal soil. Most gardeners enjoy self seeding plants and all Salvias are easily pulled out from areas where they are not wanted. Very rarely are they ever a pest.

We do NOT sell noxious Salvia  weed/ pest species eg. S. verbenacea

Seed Germination Tips:

Often some seeds can be difficult to germinate without a little help.

Sow seed in Spring to Autumn, in friable soil, sow seed into pots with a very good seed raising mix. Sow seed directly on top of soil, DON’T cover with soil, Salvias need light to germinate. Cover pot with fly wire to protect germinating seed from the ‘Midnight Munches’.

Water either with a dose of Epsom Salts – 1tsp in 1 Lt spray bottle, allow the mixture to dissolve, then spray immediately after sowing, then again once or twice before they germinate. The magnesium helps to overcome the dormancy.

Smokey Water:

Smokey water is often used to help germination in the form of diluted                                                                                           Regen 2000 Smoke Master solution from TREEMAX.                                                                                                                            This is often used by Nurseries and Botanic Gardens                                                                                                                               to help overcome the dormancy  in some very difficult seeds.


Salvia Seed Available:

All seed is collected annually and sourced locally from collector’s gardens each season.

Payment for seed ordered can be by either a money order through the Post Office or Bank or by Direct Deposit. To make the order worthwhile, the order must be $12.00 Aus. or more.

Seed will be sent as soon as possible from when the order is received.

See instructions on seed raising in the propagation notes.

Please see the seed order form below.

See list of seed in colour order below

Salvia Seed Available

Red Salvias

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roemariana 2015 S. roemeriana:   Often treated as an annual, but can be kept all year, by regularly dead heading and clipping back. Grows to 30cm, open, sprawling. Very interesting leaves and bright red flowers. Best grown in a pot. Summer Fls

 ‘Royal Bumble’

S. Royal Bumble 19         ‘Royal Bumble’:  A beautiful small microphylla type shrub approx 60cm H.
Red flowers, dark calyces and flower head. Good strong grower, tough, hardy to summer dry and mild winter frosts. Full sun



Blue / Purple/Mauve

S.Celestial BlueS. ‘ Allen Chickering’: A lovely scented bushy shrub, having the leaves of S. leucophylla and the scent of S. clevelandii. Tough hardy to 1mH, full sun. Same plant as S. ‘Celestial Blue’ – named at different times by different people


S. africTues 8.9 S. africana 01ana ( caerulea). A low growing tough bushy shrub, 40 – 60cmH, often spreading slowly to make a good clumping shrub. Blue flowers with a white beeline and hairy calyx. Grow in full sun with good drainage.


                                             S. amarissima.  A medium shrub 1 – 1.2mH, bushy with interesting dark squasheamarissima080117d heart shaped leaves. Beautiful  panicles of blue flowers in late spring/sum. New growth at base in Autumn – sunny sheltered position.


S.auritavaraurita274_000.JPG                                                                                   Saurita var aurita 9. aurita var aurita. Low growing perennial to 40cmH. Quite different from S. aurita var galpinnii. This is a hardy plant for full sun, growing at the front of the bed. Pale blue fls end of Summer, seeds well.

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23.S. canariensis var candissima 01S. canariensis A medium sized shrub to 1.5m H with beautiful long spathate shaped leaves. Full sun, hardy, moderate frost hardy.
Flowers mauve on slender stems


Caneriensis var candissima 192S. canariensis var candissima: An interesting shrub. The leaves are woolly, silver and hastate shaped and not as long as the parent. Growing to the same height, but less dense. Flowers, same as the parent. Looks like a woolly version of the parent.

S.CelestialBlue39_000.jpg                                                                                                  S. ‘CelestS.Celestial Blueial Blue‘:  A lovely scented bushy shrub, having the leaves of S. leucophylla and the scent of S. clevelandii. Tough hardy to 1mH, full sun. Same plant as S. ‘Allan Chickering’ – named at different times by different people


                                               S. ‘Greek Skies. A tough herbal sage, 40 -60cmH that does best in full sun, grows in Greek SkiesWinter when the other S. officinalis “goes off”. Makes the best Sage tea. Flowers late spring with mauve flowers.



                                                S. forskaohlei. This can be herbaceous in cold climes, but often stays througS. forskaohleih winter. Forms large leaves, making it ideal for shady damp areas. Beautiful mauve spikes form in spring, with a strong white beeline on the flowers. Bees love them. Can self seed readily, take unwanted plants out when young as they have a strong tap root.

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S. lyrata  ( Green or Dark leaf varieties) – please specify which is wanted when ordLyrata dark leafering. This is a small clumping perennial, excellent for a border plant. It is mainly grown for it’s leaves than for it’s flowers. The green variety produces large broad leaves about 6 – 8 cm x 4 -6 cm, these have lovely dark lyre markings along the veins. The dark leaf variety has a reddish underside, making a lovely leafy plant for the border. Both varieties send up many stems to 20 – 30 cm and produce copious amounts of seed. The flowers on both are a pale blue, the flowers on the green variety are often gone before they are seen, the flowers on the dark leaf variety stay longer, but produces interesting seed  heads.


S. officinalis:   Good old cooking Sage. A wonderful small grey leaved clumpS.officinalising perennial to 30cmH. Grow in full sun, no shade and not crowded by other plants. Mauve flowers in Spring .



                                           S.napifolia – A herbaceous perennial that forms a compact rosette of hairy lynapifolia 8rate shaped leaves, growing to approx. 30cm. Flowering in late spring / summer, it forms dense whorls of pale lavender flowers, which last through out the season. Although small, they produce good quantities of seed. This needs to be planted en mass for a good show.

S. nemerosa ‘Lubecca’:

S.  nemerosa ‘ Lubecca’:A small herbaceous perennial, flowering mid spring – mauve flowers on open spikes 40-60cmH


  pratensis   S. pratensis: Herbaceous perennial, large rosette forming lvs. Beautiful tall spikes of  purple fls in Spring/Summer 60-80cmH.  Large dark green lvs, pointed apex. Sunny sheltered position in the front of bed.


       repens S.repens: A tough ground cover from South Africa. It forms a neat clump of rough mid green leaves, growing to 10cm. It loves the sun, it grows well in gravel areas, in pots or at the front of a bed. it is ideal for those hot spots in the garden. Flowers are held well above the leaves. Plenty of sky blue flowers are produced in Summer, producing masses of seed.


                                          S. somalensis – A medium upright shrub, growing to approx 1.2 – 1.5 m H.  A tougSomaliensis 1 059h frost hardy shrub with light green oval leaves that clothe the stem all the way to the base. The leaves are long, leathery  with a pleasant fragrance.  Flowers are pale blue in a panicle at he top of the bush, flowering in late spring through to autumn. Although drought hardy, it enjoys being watered, but must have good drainage.  A good    middle to background plant in full sun.

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urica Blue Ribbon July 2010 003urica ‘Blue Ribbon’ :  A medium upright bushy Salvia. Fls during autumn/ winter. lvs smell unpleasant, but the deep bright purple flowers put on a good show. semi shade. A good filler beneath trees.


Pink Salvias

S. hierosolymitana:

heirsolymitana (3)S. hierosolymitana:  A herbaceous perennial with large leaves and a beautiful spike of two toned pink flowers in late winter / spring/ summer.


S. lanceolata:

S. lanceolataS.lanceolata: A Sth African Salvia, very hardy to summer drought conditions and winter frosts and cold. Growing approx 1mH, grey leaves and mushroom pink flowers. Very good as a hedge, behind or in front. Good wind break, clips well.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        S.leucophylla: A tough hardy small shrub from  California. Lineal grey lvs and whorls of pink flowers around the stem. Lvs have a medicinal smell. Parent to ‘Celestial Blue’. Full sun, good drainage.                                                                                                                                                                               


S. nemerosa ‘S. Rose QueenRosea’. A herbaceous perennial growing to 30cmH. pale pink flower spikes appearing in Spring – Autumn. A sunny situation, best planted in groups for a full effect.


Wed9.9S.PinkBlush_002   S. ‘Pink Blush’: 40-60cmH. A good filler for those large areas and can be held in check by easily pulling out the unwanted stems. Leaves are a typical microphylla type leaf – large light green oval /oblong shaped leaves and large cyclamen coloured flowers. Flowers all year


                                              S. ‘Pink Gruyere’. A tall shrub to 4mH, large leaves and beautiful bright pink tubular S. Pink Gruyereflowers in bushy whorls at the end of the long branches. A semi shaded or sunny sheltered situation at the back of the bed.



S. spathcea:

spathacea (1) 2014S. spathacea: An interesting groundcover, large scented leaves, liking a sunny sheltered position. A large dense crimson spike of flowers and bracts in late spring/ summer.


S. taraxicifolia :

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S. taraxicifolia: A grey leaved small Salvia with rosette growth, tough hardy, full sun, 10- 20cmH , good drainage needed.


       S. viscosa: A herbaceous perennial. Leaves are long, thickly rugose and gently lobed in a rosette formation. Flowers appear on a one or two stems well above the foliage. The flower stem is quite sticky, but the maroon coloured flowers are small and very pretty with their white markings near the throat – hardy and very attractive, especially if in a row at the front of a bed.

White & Yellow Salvias


 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    S. apiana: A very allusive plant, which is not readily propagated from cuttings, but easily from seed. Silvery grey leaves that form a rosette, becoming smaller as they climb the flower stem. Tall flower stems to 1-1.2m H producing beautiful white butterfly type flowers. The bees love this plant. It must have very good drainage and full sun. Flowers in the summer producing copious amounts of seed.

S. disermasS.disermas:    A grey leaved hardy perennial, approx 60cmH. Lvs are acutely lobed and rugose. Fls white, spring- autumn
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       greggii-alba-005       S. greggii ‘Alba’: A compact small shrub to 40 cm. Leaves are typical greggii shaped leaves. Flowers are pure white and flower all year. Loves the sun, tough, hates wet feet, makes a good hedge or plants dotted through the front border.


S. ‘Snow White’: This is a progeny of greggii ‘Alba’ but is a x. The shrub grows toUnicode 60cm, it has a more open habit of growth, leaves are much bigger, longer and shiny. The leaves show it’s parent. Flowers are pure white, being the same as the parent. Good behind a hedge or dotted along the border.


S. staminea: A herbaceous rosette forming perennial. Small rugose type lvs OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwith a large white flower stem. Fls summer/ autumn. Full sun, hardy




S. aurea / africana lutea

 Salvia aurea

S. aurea / africana lutea is a dense medium shrub to 1.5mH. This can come in a green or grey leaf form, both have the same beautiful large terracotta flowers, late winter/ spring.



                              SEED ORDER FORM

Name ………………………………………………………………………


Email address ……………………………………. Phone ………………


                                       Name of Salvia Pkts

PAYMENT  can be either Cheque, ( made out to the HSOV Salvia Study Group )

Each Pkt  of seed is $3.00. + postage of $5.00 To make the order worthwhile, orders over $12.00 Aus. should be given.

Cheque, Money Order, or Direct Deposit

1. Cheque / Money Order ( payable to HSOV.Inc. Salvia Study Group)

2. Direct Deposit :Bank: Bendigo Bank, BSB: 633-000                                         A/c No:116846122

Acc. Name: HSOV Salvia Study Group Branch

The form MUST be completed with all types of payment either post with cheque  or email form [email protected] with a copy of your direct deposit transaction Surname & Initial ( admin purposes only) please

SEND TO : 844 Highbury Rd, Glen Waverly, 3150 , Victoria, Australia

Email : [email protected]


(Branch of the Herb Society of Victoria Inc.)