Salvia chinensis 'Nanjinga'
Salvia chinensis 'Nanjinga'
Salvia chinensis 'Nanjinga'
Salvia chinensis 'Nanjinga'

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(Nanjinga Chinese Sage) Profuse blue-violet blossoms supported by wine-colored bracts whorl around the long floral stems of perennial Salvia chinensis ‘Nanjinga’. These verticillasters reach upward from glossy, dark green basal leaves with a purple sheen and hairy undersides. 

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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. Chinese 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. 8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 24"/24"/48"+
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. Partial to full 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. Rich and 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
Pot size This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml. Standard
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Synonym Salvia tashiroi
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(Nanjinga Chinese Sage) Profuse blue-violet blossoms supported by wine-colored bracts whorl around the long floral stems of Salvia chinensis 'Nanjinga'. These verticillasters reach upward from glossy, dark green basal leaves with a purple sheen and hairy undersides.

Nanjinga is a perennial form of Salvia chinensis, unlike the more familiar annual variety. We've grown Nanjinga Chinese Sage for several years at Flowers by the Sea and appreciate its reliable return each year.

Water loving and heat tolerant, Nanjinga Chinese Sage is a particularly good choice for areas with hot, humid summers. Shady settings are best, but this adaptable sage also grows well in locations with morning sun and afternoon shade. The species is native to the forests, grasslands, hillsides, and riverbanks in many Southeastern China provinces, including Jiangsu where the capital city is Nanjing (Nanking). Taiwan is also part of its homeland.

Give Salvia chinensis 'Nanjing' rich, well-drained soil. It works well as a groundcover or in a perennial border or woodland garden, especially in moist parts of your yard. Honeybees love it, but deer avoid it.

Many Salvias, especially Chinese species, are known for their historical use in folk medicine. Salvia chinensis, called Shijianchuan in China, has a centuries-old history of medical use and is the subject of modern cancer research. It's a valuable, beautiful sage.