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Salvia x 'White Flame'
Salvia x 'White Flame'
Salvia x 'White Flame'

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Salvia x 'White Flame'

(White Flame Sage) Like bright white candle flames, the short vigorously upright flower spikes of petite Salvia x ‘White Flame’ light up flowerbeds.

Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. White Flame Sage
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 7 - 9
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 16"/18"/24"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Full sun to partial shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Average
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Patent # This plant is patented, or a patent application has been filed and is pending and may not be propagated, under U.S. Federal Code, Title 35, Part II, Chapter 15 §161 without a license from the patent holder. PP32,429
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 2 to 3 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(White Flame Sage) Like bright white candle flames, the short vigorously upright flower spikes of petite Salvia x 'White Flame' light up flower beds. Its medium-size, mid-green leaves are  fragrant, fuzzy, and striped with thin parallel veins.

White flame is a fine choice for container plantings and mixed borders in full sun to partial shade settings. It's heat tolerant, needs only average watering based on local rainfall, and well-drained soil. It's long blooming, so you can expect plenty of bee and butterfly visits from summer until the end of the growing season. As with so many Salvias, deer tend to avoid it.

Ball Horticultural plant breeder Gail Shafer hybridized White Flame Sage in 2016. The company notes that despite the color of its flowers, White Flame is "most similar in comparison" to their Rockin® series hybrid Salvia 'Playin' the Blues'. That sage has violet-blue flowers and is also known as Mystic Spires Improved.

Continuing along this trail of genetic heritage, Mystic Spires is a relative of Huntington Gardens' famous 1970s sage Indigo Spires, which is an accidental hybrid of Mexican Sage (Salvia longispicata) and the American native Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea).