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Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Anise-scented sage, Hummingbird sage
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Borderline hardy
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Salvia guaranitica, the anise-scented sage or hummingbird sage, is a species of Salvia native to a wide area of South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. A tall plant with rich-green, aromatic foliage and spikes cobalt-blue flowers contrasting with near-black sepals in late summer to autumn. It is very difficult to collect seeds - hence the low seed count in the packet!
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow at any time, but as soon as possible on receipt, in good, soil-based compost. Barely cover with fine grit or compost. Germination will often be improved by keeping in a propagator at 15-20C, but good results should be obtained in a cold frame or cold greenhouse, and in fact a cold period followed by warmth may be beneficial. Grow seedlings on in individual pots, planting out after all danger of frost has passed. Support is advised in all but the most sheltered positions as stems tend to be brittle and will snap very easily.
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