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Salvia ‘Dara’s Choice’


Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

This evergreen shrub is a hybrid between S. sonomensis and S. mellifera. Bushy, spreading, to 2–3 ft. tall and 3–6 ft. wide, rooting where it touches the ground. Lance-shaped leaves are medium green with a grayish cast. Tight whorls of violet-blue, 1/2-in. spring flowers are widely spaced along many 6–12-in. stems. Good as bank cover or draped over a wall. The plant is sometimes subject to verticillium wilt; some branches die, but the plant usually survives. Best in areas with coastal influence. Drought-tolerant. Hybrid ‘Mrs. Beard’ has grayer foliage, lower growth (to 2 ft. high), pale lavender flowers; it is not prone to verticillium wilt.

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