Salvia 'Dancing Dolls' PP#19820

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Hybrid origin
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Rose and cream
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This S. microphylla cross was our instant favorite of the 2004 lot in our breeding program, displaying several unexpected features. The plant is sturdy and fairly upright, reaching three feet or more after a few years in the garden. The leaves resemble those of the microphylla parent, being up to one inch long, broadly oval and bright green in color, and they remain attractive even in winter. It flowers from spring to late fall, bearing up to 12 very large, bright flowers on each stem. Each flower has a rosy base and center and a broad cream "skirt". The contrast is further enhanced by the very dark stems and calyces.