5 years to reach maturity
Cardinal Sage Overview
This is a perennial subshrub which is about 75cm tall, with oval, heart-shaped leaves that are white felted underneath and about 8cm long. The flowers are red, 5cm long, hairy, and are very showy and will appear in early summer to mid autumn.
Common problems with Cardinal Sage
How to propagate Cardinal Sage
Propagate shrubs and sub-shrubs by softwood, semi-ripe or basal cuttings in mid-summer.
Sow seed of half hardy annuals under glass in early spring and of fully hardy species outdoors in mid-spring.
You can propagate perennials by division in the spring.
Other uses of Cardinal Sage
Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.