My favourite flower

Flower of the Month

Flower of the Month

What’s new or what’s flowering at the moment


Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’

Salvia  karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’: is our flower of the month for June.
Is a tall bright cerise Salvia to 2.5mH that provides an eye catching display.
karwinskii 'Cyclamen'
karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’

Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’:
A real show stopper when in flower, lots of lovely spires of cerise flowers.

Flowers:  are tubular, a bright cerise colour with a darker crimson calyx. The hood is small and furry,  with 2 neat side lobes and a  small middle lobe, all in the same colour. A small white beeline helps to guide the insects into the fat tube.

Flowers are in a whorls around an darkened square stem. These form a layered approach, with approx 4 flowers coming out ant any one time whilst the others in bud waiting their turn to open. Often small side shoots appear making the spire appear very full. Flowers develop at the bottom of the stem, with more flowers emerging from a small involucrote knob.
Flower spires usually  reach approx 20cm long.
Flowering  begins in late autumn,with the main flowering period being through winter,in June and July, occasionally be extending into early spring in a good year.

Calyces:   are a dark crimson,  lobes are pointed and well ribbed, remaining open after the flower has fallen. These usually fall off leaving a bare  stem, to be cut off later, encouraging new growth.

Leaves:  are large and mid green, primarily cordate in shape with a good pointed apex and rounded cordate base.
The surface is smooth, slightly hairy, colouring up well in burnished colours in cold weather.

Salvia  karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’:  flowers from autumn, through most of winter and into early spring adding that burst of cerise to the garden.

As the light changes in autumn, these cerise  coloured spires really begin to shine. Coupling with other purples/ violets and mauves, they make a wonderful addition to the garden.
Liking a semi shaded position,or a  sunny sheltered  position they do well at the rear or middle of the bed, especially if planted beneath a light deciduous tree like a Jacaranda.

By planting at the rear or in the middle of a garden bed, they can add height to a garden instead of a small tree. If any of the side shoots become wayward, then they should be cut out, leaving the central core, looking architecturally attractive to birds and insects.

When most of the flowers have finished in late winter, there should  be new shoots at the base. When this appears this indicates it’s time to remove the old canes and make cuttings of that new growth.Take out any dead or twiggy growth and clean up beneath the shrub.
Feed and mulch  well to keep the roots warm over winter. When the warm temperatures begin, then the new growth should be growing strong and upward, feed well, top up the mulch  to keep the root area cool during the hot dry summer season. They always appreciate some extra water during those hot, dry periods

Propagation: is usually by tip cuttings of new growth.   See propagating page on how to take cuttings and propagating mix.



Plant of the Month over the past few Years

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Salvia officinalis 'Rosea'
Salvia officinalis ‘Rosea’
Salvia Heatwave 'Brilliance'
Salvia Heatwave ‘Brilliance’