PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Salvia greggii 'Crimson & Black'

Crimson and Black Sage

Plant Type Small shrub
Flower Colour Crimson + black
Leaf Shape Lanceolate - small
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought Dry periods
Coastal No
Frost Light
Native Sth America
Flower Months Dec-Feb



There are more than 900 species of Salvia, mostly from Southern USA, Central and South America.  Salvia greggii is a popular, evergreen shrub growing in the rocky soils of Texas and Mexico. It is normally a red flowered variety but there are numerous other colors from cream to purple.  


Like most Salvia, ‘Crimson & Black’ prefers full sun and well drained soil and is tolerant of moderate frosts..  It performs best with an annual feed of Osmocote Slow Release after flowering.  It should also be pruned in late spring early summer to maintain a compact and bushy shape.  It grows to approximately 80 cm tall x 70cm wide, it produces pretty red and black flowers from late spring to late autumn, it has soft green leaves and is an easy to grow plant.

Salvia greggii ‘Crimson & Black’ has a good form and makes an attractive border plant, it does well in a mass planting or can be planted as a specimen plant in a cottage or perennial garden.  Plant out a bed of assorted Salvia gregii and Salvia microphylla forms for a kaleidescope palette of summer and autumn color.

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