Heads of the most delectable soft, warm pink over autumn and into winter. A very handy late blooming period. Clustered heads of trumpets, each velvety trumpet frosted at the rim with white. Nectar seeking birds adore this plant.
Hot and Dry Hardy. Tough in heat, dry, poor soil. Hardy, upright shrub to approximately 90cm. but can grow taller if left to its own devices. Loves Full Sun, but will also perform well in Part Shade and Dappled Sunlight, particularly in warmer climates. Does well in dry positions under trees where the branch canopy has been pruned up high to give plenty of light. Suitable for sub-tropical gardeners, as it tolerates humidity well, as well as gardeners in hot, dry climates. Heat hardy. Tolerates dry periods well.
– Height with flowers: Upright, arching 90cm approx. but can be taller in well favoured sites.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, but can cope with Part Shade or Dappled Sun if soil not wet. Tolerates humidity.
– Soil: Well drained, very adaptable.
– Fragrance: Foliage
– Frost: Moderately hardy. In severe frost areas plant under the shelter of trees with the canopy pruned high.
– Growth: Perennial
– Attracts: Nectar seeking birds who love the heads of trumpets, and provides food for bees.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Deer and rabbits are not attracted to it. Not their preferred fodder.
– Care: Easy low maintenance. Prune back once a year after flowering to keep compact.
–Origin: The species Salvia involucrata originates from Mexico. But this beautifully coloured seedling ‘Pink Icicles’ was discovered in Australia.