Salvia 'Alba'(greggii)

Salvia greggii ‘Alba’

Salvia greggii ‘Alba’: a small tough, hardy compact bushy  shrub to 40cmH with  clear white flowers for a full sun position.
Salvia greggii 'Alba'
Salvia greggii ‘Alba’

Salvia greggii ‘Alba’  This is a lovely small compact shrub, a natural hybrid from Nth America growing 40H.

Flowers are pure white  with a green calyces. Flowers are produced for most of the year until trimmed -a  very reliable flowering plant, attracting bees, butterflies and other insects. The flowers occur in small clusters at the end of the green flowering stems.
Calyces: are a lovely fresh bright green, ribbed with pointed lobes.
Leaves : are small, dull green, lineal with a rounded tip, entire edges,  with only the midvein showing. All stems are well clothed with leaves.

S. greggii ‘Alba’ makes a great small hedge, clipping well, or planted along an edge of a path. Or just dotted around the garden to brighten up those dull areas . The flowers being pure white help to soften other bright colours in the garden. They can  help to compliment others if a pale colour is wanted.

Grown in full sun, this is a tough plant for those hot spots. If mulched well to keep the roots cool and fed , this plant will perform well in the garden. it is a small tough hardy  Salvia for hot dry summers as well as being winter and frost hardy.

To grow well, S. greggii ‘Alba’ should be trimmed/ cutback  when leggy at least twice a year to keep in good shape for the hot summers and the cold winters. This trimming helps to promote more flowers. Don’t worry about cutting off the flowers, they will be back again in 4-5weeks.
A wonderful Salvia to have in the garden as it flowers for most of the year. To get the best from this Salvia, it is best planted in the ground rather than languishing  in a pot for too long.

Propagation: is usually by tip cuttings which can be easily taken most of the year from new young shoots.

 

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