Salvia madrensis

Salvia madrensis


Salvia madrensis

Salvia  madrensis: is a tall yellow Salvia to 4mH that provides an eye catching display.
Salvia madrensis
Salvia madrensis

Salvia madrensis: A real show stopper, a real pop of yellow with spires reaching up to 3-4mH.

Flowers are tubular, a pretty lemon colour with a matching lemon yellow calyx. The hood is small, with 2 neat side lobes and a cupped middle lobe.

Flowers are in a whorls around an equally yellow 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 with buds at the top of spires.
Flower spires can reach 50-60cm long.
Flowering  can begin in autumn, continuing through winter, occasionally be extended into into early spring in a good year.

Calyces:   are a lemon yellow colour, the receptacle is also is the same colour yellow. Lobes are pointed and well ribbed, remaining open after the flower has fallen. These usually fall off leaving a bare yellow stem, to be cut off later, encouraging new growth.

Leaves:  are large and mid green, the largest in the Salvia genus. Primarily cordate in shape with a good pointed apex and rounded cordate base.  Leaves can often reach 20cm long and 12-15cm across – big!
The surface is rough and slightly hairy to allow the flow of water to drip off the leaves in a downpour.

Stems are the squarest  in the genus with each point exaggerated.
If grown in a sunny position, the stems can take on a red pigment, with some nurseries trying to clone the form, but grown in a normal situation or in the shade, the stems will remain green.

Salvia madrensis:   flowers from autumn, through most of winter and into early spring adding that burst of yellow to the garden.

As the light changes in Autumn, these yellow coloured flowers really begin to shine. Coupling with purples/ violets and mauves, they make a wonderful contrast, setting the scene with that pop of yellow.
Liking a semi shaded 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 early spring,cut the large stems down to a green bud. This should begin to give new shoots. Take out any dead or twiggy growth. When the new shoots have begun to appear on the stems, new basal growth should also appear. This indicates it’s time to remove the old canes and make cuttings of that new growth.
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.

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