Salvia nemorosa 'Merleau Rose'
Salvia nemorosa Merleau Rose is a free-flowering perennial Sage . From early to late summer flower spikes are borne on upright stems 30 cm high. Rosy-violet red bell-shaped flowers that are small, lipped and hooded, are scattered in axillary whorls up the erect stem.
Merleau Rose forms a compact plant, made up of many branches of square stems bearing opposite pairs of notched and wrinkled leaves grey-green in colour.
This perennial will bloom in abundance, and the flower spikes are ideal for cut flowers and are attractive to bees. Cut back the faded flowers to encourage the continuation of blooming.
Grows well in light, humus rich soil, in a sunny spot but will cope with most soils as long as not too wet.
This plant can go completely winter dormant in colder ares, especially until well established.
Flower - Rosy-violet red, bell-shaped.
Foliage - Grey-green, wrinkled.
Planting conditions - Sun-semi shade, most soil types.
Habit - Compact.
Size - 30cm.
Season - Summer, autumn.
Image attribution: Jelitto