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James H. Schutte
SALVIA splendens 'van-Houttei'
Named for the father of Belgium horticulture, Louis Benoit van Houtte, this tender perennial is one of the first scarlet sage selections to become available to gardeners. It is valued for its tall, upright habit and produces burgundy wine colored flowers from spring to frost. This antique variety has recently reappeared in modern nurseries because of its easy to grow and has elegant appeal.
A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It is grown as a perennial in warmer zones where it becomes woody with age. In locations with cold winters, it survives as an annual. Salvia ‘van-Houttei’ has light to medium green foliage and produces spikes of wine-red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colorful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated, so this is a shoe-in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these scarlet sage happy. In frost-free zones, the plants prefer a bit of afternoon shade and will bloom most of the year with regular deadheading and feeding. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals.
12 - 1
9 - 12
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
36"-48" / 91.4cm - 121.9cm
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Burgundy, Dark Red
Green, Light Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border
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