Salvia foshaohlei - BALKAN SAGE

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Hardy, tough and late flowering sage for half shade and average, somewhat drained soils.

Usually grows to 2' tall x up to 2' wide clumps. Rosettes of large oval-shaped leaves stay at the ground and airy stems bear bigger, two-lipped, purple-bluish flowers.

Best in half sun or half shade (some shade during the day is beneficial), average soils with average moisture. Preferably drained soils.

Origin : Mediterranean region (from Greece to Bulgaria and Turkey), where it grows up to 6,000 ft elevation in broad-leaved and coniferous forests, meadows, and on steep banks.

This perennial was little surprise, but there is not many information or information differ, so here is our experience :

- plant seem to be really tough, rabbits and deer absolutely avoid it (aromatic leaves)

- our plants were young, but it looks they tends to flower later in the season - so end of July/beginning of August till mid September (with peak in mid August)

- some information say that the sage dislikes humidity and drought, BUT our summer of 2020 was very dry here and very humid (as usual). Our plants are mulched with sand, which gets even hotter and all the plants were quite happy throughout the summer droughts. So this sage did fine in hot, humid and dry climate (in half-shaded position)

- it preferst moderately rich or richer soils, but tolerates leaner soils, where it grows a bit shorter

- Forskaohl's Sage has very nice "garden shape", predictable, non-flopping and can be combined with other perennials

Attracts honey bees and potentially some native bees too. Some sources say that it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Other names are Salvia foeskaohlii, Forskahl's sage, Indigo Woodland sage.

For half shade flowers beds, rock gardens, drained, rocky, sandy soils.

Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot

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