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Care of the plant Salvia canariensis or Canary Island sage.

Care of the shrub Salvia canariensis or Canary Island sage

The genus Salvia, family Lamiaceae, comprises 1,000 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants native to Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean region, and Central and South America. Some species are: Salvia canariensis, Salvia aurea, Salvia apiana, Salvia africana, Salvia scabra, Salvia lanceolata, Salvia farinacea, Salvia leucantha, Salvia guaranitica, Salvia namaensis, Salvia greggii, Salvia microphylla, Salvia mexicana, Salvia splendens, Salvia disermas, Salvia vaseyi, Salvia leucophylla, Salvia sclarea, Salvia mellifera, Salvia nemorosa, Salvia officinalisSalvia fruticosaSalvia elegans.

Common name: Canary Island sage. This species is native to the Canary Islands.

They are shrubs covered with whitish hair that reach 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The leaves, light green and hairy, have a lanceolate-triangular shape. The spectacular and long-lasting bloom of numerous lilac or violet flowers attracts butterflies and bees. They bloom from spring to early fall.

They are used to form screens, in bushy groups in dry areas of the garden and as isolated specimens.

Salvia canariensis prefers full sun exposure but can also grow in light shade. They are able to withstand some frosts down to about -5 ºC (23 ºF).

They can grow in any type of soil as long as it's well drained; they do not resist excess water.

They are quite resistant to drought plants; water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

They can be lightly pruned after flowering to give them a more compact appearance.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or fall.

Images of the shrub Salvia canariensis or Canary Island sage

Salvia canariensis
Salvia canariensis
Salvia canariensis