Plant of the Day – Bolivian Sage (Salvia oxyphora)

Bolivian sage makes a handsome, long flowering specimen in the garden.

Bolivian sage makes a handsome, long flowering specimen in the garden.

Bolivian sage, Salvia oxyphora, is an unaccountably rarely encountered garden sage in the US.  It is found in several smallish populations in the foothills of the Andes in Bolivia where the bright magenta flowers stand out from the crowd.  In the garden, S. oxyphora makes an upright clump of mid-green foliage to about 30″ tall.  In late spring it begins to flower with dense spikes of 1.5″ fuzzy pink flowers.  Flowering will continue throughout most of the summer.  It tends to be a heavy drinker and will flag under high heat and low soil moisture and may be best planted under high shade in southern gardens.  It is somewhat tender and should be propagated before winter in cool temperate gardens.  Cuttings root easily with minimal care.  Look for our plant in the protected corner of the Bobby Wilder Visitor Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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Pink, fuzzy flowers open over an extended period.

Pink, fuzzy flowers open over an extended period.

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