Salvia glabrescens 'Shi Ho'
Hairless Japanese Woodland Sage
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Item #: 9301
Zones: 5b to 7b
Height: 18" tall
(aka: Salvia nipponica v. glabrescens) Salvia 'Shi Ho' is a dark purple-flowered form of the Japanese woodland sage, Salvia glabrescens. For us, Salvia glabrescens makes an 18" tall x 18" wide clump of dark green hastate leaves topped, starting in October, with short spikes of dark purple flowers...a great way to add color to the early fall woodland garden. As best we can figure, Shi Ho probably means something like "working lady of the evening." Moist, rich soils are best.
The tidy gardener will want to cut Salvia glabrescens to the ground once a killing frost has ended its glorious fall display. This is about all the maintenance this salvia needs. Though, it is perhaps possible that in a small garden one might need to, after many years, divide the clump and reduce its size, replanting divisions elsewhere or sharing them with others.
Yes, dear gardener, there are salvias that prefer shade to sun, and Salvia glabrescens is a superb plant for the shade garden. Make it bright shade, or a few hours of sun. Salvia glabrescens tolerates a wide range of soil types except soggy or excessively dry.
Got shade? Want flowers? Want color? In the fall? Then plant Salvia glabrescens! This is a show-stopper in the shady garden in the fall and a plant that is easy to grow and generally avoided by deer and rabbits. Salvias are generally visited by pollinators so this one might be as well. Combine it with other shade-tolerant fall blooming plants such as toadlily, Tricyrtis.
The color range of Salvia glabrescens is purple and violet. There are other shade tolerant, late summer to fall blooming Salvias such as Salvia glutinosa, Salvia nipponica and Salvia koyamae all of which are shades of yellow and differ in plant size.
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Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Fall
Container Role: Fillers
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