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Salvia Green Ginger (aurea)

Salvia ‘Green Ginger’ ( aurea): is a dwarf form only growing to 1mH. A good upright dense shrub  for full sun with ginger flowers and green calyces.

Salvia aurea 'Green Ginger' (aurea)
Salvia ‘Green Ginger’

Salvia ‘Green Ginger’: is ideal for hot sunny days and cold frosty mornings.

Flowers; are large with a lovely ginger colour. The hood is long, often looking like a butterfly just emerging from it’s cocoon. This helps to show that large opening between the hood and bottom lobe which guides insects and birds into the flower. The bottom lip has very interesting markings, that act as a landing place for bees.

Both bees and small Honeyeaters  loves trying to enter the flowers for nectar.

Often the stigmas are slightly exerted through the hood, which looks like a snake ready to strike.

Calyces: are vase shaped and green, making a good contrast with the ginger colour of the flower. Flowering in spring through to summer.

Leaves; are grey, roundish, with entire edges. Most stems are well clothed with leaves along  the stem.

Salvia ‘Green Ginger‘: is a good shrub for  hot spots in full sun, in either the front or middle of the bed, within an informal border. Luckily most forms of S. aurea are not fussy about the soil, so long as it is free draining.

Plant this dwarf form with other  tough, hardy shrubs. It is an excellent plant to include in a white or grey garden. The ginger coloured flowers and green calyces contrast so well with other silver leaves. It also grows well with other stronger vivid blues and purple flowers.A very appealing  plant when in flower.

Trim Salvia ‘Green Ginger regularly to keep it’s shape, but at least once a year after flowering has finished, clean out any dead or twiggy growth. If the plant does need pruning, then cut the stems down to a good green bud. The new growth will help to regenerate the plant the summer months.

Propagation: easily by tip cuttings which can be taken all year. Very appealing when in flower.