Salvia involucrata Hadspen
Highly ornamental and a great hummingbird sage. Hadspen Roseleaf has many 1 1/4 tubular pink blooms on an open spike. The bracts are small lime green instead of the usual pink, involucre small and elongated. Flowers are held much longer on spikes. Growing consistently throughout the midsummer until the first frost. A well behaved and handsome addition to the summer and autumn borders.
Grow in well-drainage, humus enriched soil, half to three-quarters of the sun, late afternoon shade or filter shade best in the south. A deep weekly watering and more often during dry spells. A half strength of liquid fertilizer given every two weeks during the active growing period. To discourage pine voles incorporate crushed rocks into the soil.
Yearly Foliage: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 8-10
Light: Full Sun (morning) to partial shade (afternoon) light shade best
Mature Growth: 3 feet high – 6 feet wide
Soil: Well drainage, humus enriched, average soil or sandy loam
Blooms: Mid summer to fall
Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Hummingbirds