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.
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.
|9 - 11|
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
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|
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 & rich|
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.
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
|3 1/2 inch deep pot|
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
(Cundinamarca Sage) This Colombian Salvia is difficult to obtain outside of its home country. As far as we know, Flowers by the Sea is the first nursery to offer it in the United States.
In 1974, botanist Jose Luis FernÃ¡ndez Alonso of Spain's Royal Botanical
Garden named this sage for the place near which it was found high in the
Colombian Andes -- the village of Gachantiva in the province of Boyaca.
However, one common name for this tall, water-loving sage reflects the
central province of Cundinamarca, which is home to the nation's capital
of Bogota and is south of Boyaca.
Salvia gachantivana is related to S. orthostachys, but isn't as rigidly upright. It tolerates heat, blooms for a long time and features fuzzy, scarlet flowers amid heart-shaped leaves. Full sun and rich, well-drained soil are best for this sage. It is a fine container plant and a pretty screen that is perennial in areas with warm winters.
Salvia gachantivana is a good addition to a wildlife garden, because hummingbirds love this long-blooming sage. Quantities are limited, but if we have run out, you can always ask us to email you when this plant is back in stock.