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Bumbleberry Salvia

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‘Bumbleberry’ produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other pink Salvias pale in comparison. This cute sized package is perfect for the front of the border or growing in a pot.

Salvia is a staple item for every sunny garden. It asks little more than sunshine and a little drink every once in a while in return for producing a bountiful mass of colorful flower spires from late spring into early summer. It forms an upright clump of aromatic, rugose green foliage that looks nice all season long and is not enjoyed by rabbits or deer.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 inches
Average Landscape Width:
14 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Salvia
Species:
nemorosa
Cultivar:
Bumbleberry
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
from mid spring to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Perennial Salvia, Meadow Sage
Branching:
herbaceous
Spacing:
14 inches

Ornamental Features

Bumbleberry Salvia has masses of beautiful spikes of dark pink flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Bumbleberry Salvia is an herbaceous perennial with an shorter habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Bumbleberry Salvia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bumbleberry Salvia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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