Monday, May 9, 2011

Salvia 'Pink Icicles'

Salvia involucrata 'Pink Icicles'

The week is starting off in a pink kind of way with my local bakery selling pink iced buns to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Cycling fans are not left out as the Giro d'Italia is underway with the leader's jersey of each stage being hot pink in colour.
This Salvia is aptly named as the flowers are enclosed in bracts which are a delightful frosty pink colour and the emerging flowers are just a shade darker. The flowers are terminal and quite heavy as they weigh down the branches. It is a somewhat ungainly shrub with stems going in all direction and these can be quite leafless at the base. This is the first time it has flowered for me so perhaps with a good cut back after flowering it may become more compact with age. It does not seem to object to growing in the shade as the autumn sun no longer reaches the part of the garden where it is growing. Eventual height will be around 1.5 to 2 metres.
2017 update:I am currently out of stock.

1 comment:

  1. Even this sage was strange to me, is just beautiful ...!