An Alameda Garden: Salvia chiapensis

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Salvia chiapensis

I got this in a 4-inch pot last fall at one of the Merritt College plant sales. It's just been lazing around since then until it had a sudden growth spurt a few weeks ago. It's put out about five flower spikes since then and the color is really amazing--hot, hot, hot pink. The foliage (not shown in this picture; these leaves belong to the damn four o'clocks that I can't get rid of) is nice too--deep green and heavily veined.

I hope the hummingbirds enjoy this as much as I do.


  1. I'm sure the hummers will go nuts! I've got salvia 'Black and Blue', which I love, but THIS is something I need as well...thanks for sharing!

  2. Anonymous5:02 PM

    I love Salvias of all kinds and being an East Coast gardener it is cool to say a Salvia we don't grow here. Plus...the hummingbirds > beautiful (and Black and Blue is a good one Lisa, you're spot on).

  3. ..another fantastic thing about this saliva is.. it grows in almost deep shade. in fact, i believe it is a true shade loving salvia.

    i've had it planted for a few years now in a shady spot under larger foliage in san francisco.. and it grows to 3+ feet each year -- and sends out prolific flower blooms most of the year.


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