Salvia haenkii: A medium sized perennial 1.2-1.5mH with thin bright red tubular flowers in autumn, continuing until spring.
Salvia haenkii is a parent of the popular forms of Salvia ‘Envy’Flowers : are bright red, long and slender, tubular and grouped together in opposite pairs on a compacted flower head 12-15cm long, Whilst the wide green bracts begin falling away after the flower open, they can still be seen enclosing more flowers at the tip of the flower head.
The hood is very elongated with the coloured stigma and stamens being well exerted. The lower lobes are small being curled back to allow bees and birds access to the nectar.
Calyces; are bright green, fairly long encasing the corolla, lightly ribbed and slightly hairy.
Leaves are a midgreen, lineal lanceolate shaped with a prominent midrib . Slightly velvety on both surfaces and small crenations along the edges.
Often a set of small secondary leaves can be seen in the axils of the main leaf along a green stem.
Salvia haenkii is a great filler plant, for those areas under deciduous trees or large shrubs, or in those back corners that get forgotten. As it has perennial growth, it will gradually increase to a nice clump size.
Plant S. haenkii in either a sunny area or dappled shade with other medium sized white, sky blue or purple flowered shrubs and perennials. Don’t plant near pink or crimson flowered plants.
When flowering has finished at the end of winter, cut down the old stems, allowing the new growth to regenerate the clump. Clean out any dead or twiggy stems. Feed and mulch well to keep the root area cool over the hot dry summer months and warm before it begins to flower in autumn.
Propagation is usually from tip cuttings of new growth taken in spring and summer.
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