Salvia Maraschino

Maraschino Bush Salvia

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Maraschino comes into bloom in the summer with a stunning display of deep cherry red flowers. Very cold hardy, this beauty likes to be placed where it gets the morning sun but shade in the heat of the afternoon. A hummingbird's delight! Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early summer to fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84740

Details

36" tall x 18" wide (cutting propagated). What a superb hybrid this has proven itself to be! The luscious cherry colored flowers begin in early summer and continue through fall until hard frost. A cross between Salvia microphylla and Salvia greggii, Maraschino enjoys garden conditions with enriched, well-drained soil and regular irrigation during hot, dry weather. Unlike most Salvia greggii varieties, Maraschino prefers afternoon shade in hotter climates. Although this is one of the most cold hardy bush Salvias (see description of Salvia 'Furmans Red' for additional information), you will have fantastic garden performance in hot, humid climates too!
SKU 84740
Common Name Maraschino Bush Salvia
Botanical Name Salvia Maraschino
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Hot Desert, Coastal California, Southeast, Southwest, West
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. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

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Pros

  • Attractive (10)
  • Accurate instructions (6)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazingly Beautiful

As always, super fast delivery ensured a healthy start.

As always, super fast delivery ensured a healthy start.

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Dead after only a year?

I bought this, and two other salvia plants, last February, I believe. They arrived just fine, I planted them, and they flourished through the summer. But now, they all appear to...Read complete review

I bought this, and two other salvia plants, last February, I believe. They arrived just fine, I planted them, and they flourished through the summer. But now, they all appear to be dead as doornails, and show no signs of life, although all my other perennial bushes are popping back up or budding. Given that they are supposed to be perennials and zoned for Nebraska, I was very disappointed--especially this particular salvia, as it was so pretty. :-(

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5.0

Great Blooms Every Year

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from Pima, AZ

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  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

    I have this wonderful bush in my xeriscape garden and it's a dependable bloomer, full of dark red flowers. I purchased it from HCG in March 2014 and it's going strong three years later.

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    5.0

    Amazing plant

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    from Millmont, PA

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

      plant took off growing amazingly fast. had beautiful flowers until frost love it

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      3.0

      Eye-popping red

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      from Minneapolis, MN

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      Pros

      • Bright, saturated color

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Small In Size

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

      Part of a horticultural experiment to see what Zone 5 plants would survive a Zone 4 winter in Minnesota. Writing in late January, with winter in full swing, it's too early to tell whether this plant will re-emerge in the spring or not. It took a long time for this salvia to finally get going, and best blooms didn't appear until September.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A standout beauty

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      from Kanab, UT

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Still blooming in November!

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

        This plant has been blooming for a very long time, attracting hummingbirds until they left for the winter but still attracting native pollinators.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fun and floaty

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        from Boise, ID

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

            Like the Salvia Raspberry Delight, Salvia Maraschino has beautiful blooms throughout the summer plus the stems 'dance' on the breeze.

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            5.0

            Hummingbird heaven

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            from Milwaukie OR

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            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Hummingbird Magent

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

              I purchase plants to supply a food source for wildlife. Salvia Marachino, along with S. Wildthing, are a great source of nectar for hummingbirds, and are able to survive the low temperatures in the Portland, OR, metro area.

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              4.0

              dramatic

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              from Yakima WA

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                  It took a while for this plant to catch on but now it blooms well and takes minimal water

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                  5.0

                  Amazingly Beautiful

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                  from Pima, AZ

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                  • Attractive

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                    As always, super fast delivery ensured a healthy start.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Hummingbird Superstar

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                    from Fort Collins, CO

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Perfect True Red

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                      I saw hummingbirds on this plant before it was even 6" tall! It bloomed while small and didn't quit until the first hard frost. It is an amazing true, scarlet red. Survived the extreme fall 2014 freeze and is coming back strong!

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                      1.0

                      Dead after only a year?

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                      from Omaha, NE

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                        I bought this, and two other salvia plants, last February, I believe. They arrived just fine, I planted them, and they flourished through the summer. But now, they all appear to be dead as doornails, and show no signs of life, although all my other perennial bushes are popping back up or budding. Given that they are supposed to be perennials and zoned for Nebraska, I was very disappointed--especially this particular salvia, as it was so pretty. :-(

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Tough as nails beauty

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                        from Snohomish, WA

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Fragrant
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • None

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                        • Parking Strip From Hell
                        • Patio

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                        This beauty took off the first season even when placed in the driest least fertile part of my garden: the parking strip that used to be a lawn. It gets hot and dry here, but Maraschino pumped out lots of scarlet blooms all summer long. The bees and butterflies love it. Foliage fragrant when brushed against. Rub some every day just for pleasure. A real cherry of a plant!

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Lives up to the description

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                        from Rocky Point, NY

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                          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                          This plant has beautiful deep cherry colored flowers and quick growth. Bloomed all season with daily visits from hummingbirds. I put it next to another bush salvia that was several years old and it grew almost as big in one season. I am waiting to see how it does after the winter for it's second season.

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                          5.0

                          Fabulous!

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                          from Broomfield, CO

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Fragrant

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                              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:

                              One of my favorite salvias, hands down. Very fragrant and long
                              blooming, typically early June through October. Scarlet red blooms. I live in the Denver area, and we do get cold winters.
                              This is a zone 6 rated plant, so if using in zone 5, probably best to plant with southern exposure. My original HCG plant is going on 7-8 years now. It is about 30" high and bushy. Very hard to find in nurseries.

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                              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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