Salvia 'Shell Dancer' PP#20680

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Hybrid origin
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-3 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Salmon pink
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This was one of our first-generation hybrids, sharing the same parentage as Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'. It is a strong, vigorous plant, a little open in growth but responding well to pruning, growing nearly erect to at least three feet. It has the larger, prettier leaves typical of S. microphylla. The plant is seldom completely out of flower but gives its best show in summer and fall. The individual flowers are large, with fat basal tubes, these and the base of the lower lip colored deep rose. The outer portion of the lower lip starts with "hot salmon" shading, then lightens nearly to cream as it ages. Another notable feature of the flowers is their waxy texture and sheen.