Salvia holwayi, Holway's Sage
A wonderful winter blooming salvia with whorls of cardinal red flowers. Large number of flowers almost 1 inch long and inflated in the center are closely together that expand and open at the same time and making a splendid show. Blooming begins in late autumn or early winter. In mild climates established plants may bloom earlier and for a longer period. If temperatures dip below 20* F the top growth will be damaged, but the plant will come back strong from its roots. Adding additional winter mulch will be helpful. After the blooming season is over and danger frost is past, prune the plant back hard. A good cut flower for winter bouquets. It was named to honor the plant and fungi collector, Edward Willet Dorland Holway of Michigan.
Salvia holwayi is a excellent hummingbird nectar source during the time of year when little food is available.
Perennial, Tender Perennial, Annual in lower zones
Hardiness Zone 9
Height: 4.5 feet tall 5 feet wide (benefits from staking)
Light: Light shade, filter shade
Soil: Average, sandy loam, humus and lime are helpful
Moisture: Deep weekly watering, especial during dry spells
Native Origin: Mexico: Oaxaca; Guatemala
Container size: 1 quart, 1 gallon, 2 gallon