Salvia Amistad PP# 23578

Friendship Sage

 

Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. 3-5 feet tall x 4-6 feet wide.

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Zones 8 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Mid-summer to early fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLZ351

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Salvia Amistad, commonly known as Friendship Sage (PP# 23578), is a large growing Sage with huge violet flowers for several months beginning in mid- to late summer. In warm zones along the CA coast the plant can get quite large after a few growing seasons. Prune hard in late spring to keep the plant more compact. In colder climates Amistad is a spectacular container plant ideal for use around outdoor patios to attract hummingbirds. This plant is believed to be a hybrid between S. guaranitica x S. gesneriiflora and was discovered at a plant sale in Argentina in 2005.
SKU HBLZ351
Common Name Friendship Sage
Botanical Name Salvia Amistad PP# 23578
Zones 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 3-5' tall
Mature Spread 4-6' wide
Bloom Time Mid-summer to early fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Coastal California
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensSalvia Amistad PP# 23578
 
4.0

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5.0

Beautiful show

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Amistad PP# 23578:

    Needed a showy plant in front of casita. It grew large in only one year. Hummingbirds love it, looks great next to the Blonde Ambition planted the year before.

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    5.0

    Absolutely stunning colors!

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    from Morenci, AZ

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Amistad PP# 23578:

    We had visitors here a few days ago and they were admiring all the plants. But they came to a screeching halt in front of this salvia and said "what is it and where can I get it?"
    Thank you for your tags, so they can be passed on to others!

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    5.0

    Will buy again :^)

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    from Los Angeles, CA.

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    • Attractive
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Amistad PP# 23578:

      Added it to my Drought Friendly garden and not only growing well but adding the beautiful color to my landscape.

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      1.0

      Disappointing plant

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      from Concord, CA

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        • Flimsy
        • Flowers Pale--not Deep
        • Leaves Pale
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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Amistad PP# 23578:

        Leaves are pale green and flowers are pale violet--not
        like the rich royal blue shown in the picture. All in all, it's not nn attractive plant.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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