Salvia namaensis

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David Dickinson

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Salvia namaensis
« on: May 13, 2017, 03:58:33 PM »
This a new Salvia for me this year. I saw it on a chance visit to the botanical garden in Milan. There is a varied collection of Salvias there and as it was January I thought to myself "Whatever survives a winter here will certainly survive a Rome winter". It turns out that our winter this year was much colder than that in Milan so let's see what happens to my new purchase.

I was drawn immediately by the brightness of the green leaves and their unusual size and shape. Reading up on it after I got home I found out that this is its main feature as the flowers are nothing to write home about. The aroma of the leaves is very attractive too, though.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.