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Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’

Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’:  A tall cerise winter flowering shrub 2-2.5mH

Salvia karwinskii 'Cyclamen'
Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’

Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’ produces lovely cerise spires that brighten up the garden.

Flowers: are tubular, a bright cerise colour with a small furry hood and 2 neat side lobes. The middle lobe is small and curled under. A small white beeline is found at the throat to guide the bees, insects and small birds into the fat tube to find that nectar.

Flowers are in whorls around a darkened square stem. These form a layered approach with approx. 4 flowers coming out at any one time, whilst the other buds wait their tun to open.
Flowers develop at the bottom of the stem, with more flowers emerging from a small involucrote knob.
Flower spires usually reach approx 20cm long.
Flowering begins in late Autumn with the main flowering period being through Winter, in June and July, occasionally being extended into early Spring in a good  year.

Calyces: are a dark crimson, lobes are pointed and well ribbed, remaining open after the corolla has fallen. The calyces usually fall off leaving a bare stem, to be cut off later. This encourages new growth.

Leaves: are large and midgreen. Primarily cordate in shape with a good pointed apex and a rounded cordate base.

The surface is smooth and slightly hairy. The leaves colour up well in Winter, with the cold weather, showing some wonderful burnishing colouring on the leaves.

Salvia karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’ flowers from Autumn, through Winter and into early Spring, providing a wonderful burst of cerise to the garden.

 As the light changes in Autumn, these cerise coloured spires really begin to shine. Coupling with other purples, violets and blues, they make a wonderful addition to the garden.
Liking a semi shaded  or a sunny sheltered position, they do well at the rear or middle of the bed, especially if planted beneath a light deciduous tree like a Jacaranda.

By planting at the rear or in the middle of a garden bed, they can add height to a garden, instead of a small tree. If any of the side shoots become wayward, by growing into a neighbouring shrub, then these should be removed, leaving a central core, looking architecturally attractive to birds and insects.
When most of the flowers have finished in late Winter, there should be new shoots at the base. When these appear, this indicates it’s time to remove the old canes and make cuttings from any new shoots at the top of these stems. take out any dead or twiggy growth and clean up beneath the shrub.
Feed and mulch well to keep the roots warm over Winter. When the warm temperatures begin, then the new basal shoots should be growing strong and upward, fees well, top up the mulch to keep the roots cool during the hot dry months of Summer. They always appreciate some extra watering during those hot dry periods.

Propagation: is usually by tip cuttings of new growth. See propagating page on how to take cuttings and the recommended propagating mix