(COOL Lavender Blush Anise Scented Sage) Dusky green and red-edged bracts surround the pale-throated lavender blossoms of Salvia COOL Lavender Blush. It's a magnet for hummingbirds. The sweet fragrance of its bright green leaves may remind you of licorice.
A product of our plant development program, Lavender Blush is part of the FBTS COOL Salvia Collection of Salvia guaranitica hybrids. Unlike the deep, saturated blue and purple flowers of most Anise Scented Sages, the COOL Series features surprising pastels.
Salvia guaranitica is native to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In the wild, it grows on the edge of streams in forest clearings. Similar to other Anise Scented Sages, Lavender Blush is adaptable from full sun to partial shade and loves moisture. However, it thrives with an average amount of supplemental watering based on local rainfall. Plant it in rich, well-drained soil.
A perennial where winters are occasionally chilly, this heat-loving sage grows well as an annual - and a container plant - in areas with colder winter weather. It offers rapid growth as well as the rich nectar and long bloom time hummingbirds need.
For drama, mix Lavender Blush with Salvia COOL Lavender Mist and Salvia COOL Fandango. Lavender Mist may be the most soft-spoken member of the combo, but it is the tallest and widest spreading.