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Salvia staminea

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(Iranian Sage)  Mixed in with short perennials that bloom over a wide range of seasons, Salvia staminea makes an attractive contribution to short borders during its summer bloom time. Our strain has dark bracts surrounding pastel white-to-blue-to-lavender flowers. The dark green, branching foliage has oblong to oval-shaped leaves.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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.
Iranian 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 - 10
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
12"/24"/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
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
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
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(Iranian Sage) Mixed in with short perennials that bloom over a wide range of seasons, Salvia staminea makes an attractive contribution to short borders during its summer bloom time. Our strain has dark bracts surrounding pastel white-to-blue-to-lavender flowers. The dark green, branching foliage has oblong to oval-shaped leaves.

This high-altitude sage from Western Asia is commonly called Iranian Sage. It likes regular to light watering and adapts to almost any well-drained soil. Heat tolerant and drought resistant, it grows well in USDA zones 7 to 11. In addition to borders, this petite sage looks pretty as edging on a sunny pathway where its delicate-looking blossoms can be viewed up close.

As its botanical name indicates, the flowers of Salvia staminea have pronounced stamens, which project from the upper lip of their blossoms. Put a little imagination to work, and they look a bit like forked serpent tongues, only pale pink.

Similar to many Salvias, this one is the focus of medical research. In particular, studies have concerned its phytochemicals, such as Taxodone, that appear to fight cancer and have antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal and insecticidal properties. We just focus on how pretty and resilient it is in the garden.