Salvia 'Glenda's Purple'

Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’

Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’ is a tall upright, spreading shrub 2mH with large violet flowers for a shady position

Salvia 'Glenda's Purple'
Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’

Flowers: are long, tubular, violet purple in colour with a large opening between the hood and the bottom lobes. The bottom lobes are almost the same size as the hood.
Calyces are green, ribbed and pointed. Flowers appear on a long flower stem on and off during the year, with the main flower season being in late winter/ spring. They can also appear in late summer for the autumn season.
Leaves: are broad ovate, mid to dark green, thin textured with small crenations along the edges.

The rich violet purple flowers of Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’ stand out well in filtered light, making a good splash of colour in a shady position. This is a lovely upright plant that grows well in the shade or filtered sun.

‘Black Knight’  differs from Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’  ‘as it has a shrubby spreading habit with large long branches. However  S. ‘Glenda’s Purple ‘ has a more upright and open habit with only a few branching stems. It does not reach the height of ‘Black Knight’, but produces longer flowering stems with green calyces.

‘Amistad’ is another very similar Salvia that differs from S. ‘Glenda’s Purple’ in the leaf colour, veinage and the colour of the calyces, which are purple.

Salvia ‘Glenda’s Purple’ is a very attractive addition to have in the back  or the middle of a large bed . Although winter hardy, it is frost tender, so is best  planted among other shrubs with similar growing requirements or under deciduous trees in a semi shaded or sunny sheltered position.
During the hot summer months, it appreciates being well mulched to keep the roots cool.

Small birds love flitting in and out of  these flowers. Bees are also attracted to these flowers trying to enter the tube  for that nectar.

Pruning can begin when the main flowering period is finished in early summer. Clean out any dead or twiggy growth. Old large stems should be  taken out completely or cut back to 3 nodes to allow the new growth to regenerate. Young  stems can be cut back to good new shoots.
Propagated easily from tip cuttings taken in the cooler months.

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