Salvia in the Snow

Verbena bonariensis in the foreground. Another toughie!


I love growing this red salvia because it attracts hummingbirds like a magnet. It’s been sitting outside in its container on the deck, because I like to collect the seeds for next year, and it also seeds itself in situ rather nicely.

This morning, I awoke to snow on the ground, the result of a nasty storm which is now pummeling us with wind and rain. I looked outside as I was having my coffee, and there, being buffeted to and fro, was the salvia, red as ever, defiant in the face of winter!

I know it’s only a matter of time before it succumbs, but not today. This is one tough little plant.


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Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to Salvia in the Snow

  1. Wendy says:

    My salvia is still going too! It sure is tough and reliable. I got some new salvia planted this year. I think it’s pink but is a little looser like your red one looks.


    • dirtynailz says:

      I love salvia, both the annual and the perennial cultivars. It’s so attractive to pollinators, and a reliable bloomer besides. I haven’t seen my particular red one at nurseries for the past few years, so I just save the seeds from this one.


  2. HerbDoc says:

    My pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is still blooming in great red bracts
    on the deck. I know that I should bring it in, but it has gotten so large and is so beautiful out there that I hesitate to do so. It tends to like the cool nights to set its bracts and is therefore a late bloomer. It is always in a mixed herb pot with tarragon, parsley and thyme. It will be interesting to see if and when the frost ever hits this area!


  3. HerbDoc says:

    I have brought it in dependent on my mood, but it really doesn’t like house conditions at that well. I do love those red bracts though and they sometimes last right through the holidays!


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