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Salvia Ember’s Wish

Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish: An open shrubby plant 1m H with vibrant orange flowers in long spikes in Spring and summer.

Salvia 'Ember's Wish'
Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’

Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’: is one of the group of ‘Wish’ flowers.

Flowers: are orange, long and tubular, held in small whorls of 4 flowers along a long flower stem, finishing with a top knot of bracts at the end. The hood is prominent with an exerted stigma and the small lower lobes are often folded downwards or backwards.

Flowers appear in spring, continuing  throughout the summer and often into the autumn. The large buds are very interesting , showing lots of bracts, which fall away when the flower opens.

Calyces: are a darker orange/ green colour with distinct ribs on each lobe. Calyces are long with an interesting formation when still closed.

As very few flowers are pollinated by birds or bees or other insects, the flowers drop off when finished with the calyces following suit shortly after, leaving just a drying stem behind. These need cutting off when the plant is trimmed.

Leaves: are a broad lanceolate shape, dark green with rounded crenations along the edges and thin textured.  Most of the leaves are at the end of long pedicels.

Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’: is one of 4 plants donating proceeds towards the Wish Foundation. As it has S.splendens parents, it is frost tender, so should be  grown in a sunny sheltered position or semi shade of a tree.

A lovely filler plant when mass planted, brightening up dark areas.  It makes a wonderful contrast to other vibrant blue or purple flowering shrubs.

In late summer or autumn when flowering has finished, this is the best time to trim or prune the plant to keep it looking healthy during the winter months. Prune back to a new bud or a cluster of growing buds to promote new growth. Cutout any dead or twiggy stems. Feed and mulch well to keep the roots warm during the cold winter months.

In spring when new growth appears, cut back long new growth to promote bushy growth, feed again and top up much to keep the roots cool during the hot dry summer season.

Propagation: Easy to propagate from tip cuttings. Both birds and bees enjoy this plant.

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