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Almost an Easy Care Perennial

Salvia nemerosa Plumosa.  This is one of the most unusual perennials you will ever see. Unlike other Salvias that blossom on spikes, this one flowers in vivid, dense plumes, similar to Astilbes in shape but with a chenille texture.The color is an unusual shade of rosy purple that will endure even if the plant is harvested and dried. This drought tolerant perennial grows to 18 inches in height in full sun, from early to late summer, and is hardy from Zones 4 to 8. I first purchased it at a big-box garden center as Salvia nemerosa "Schwellenburg", but have only been able to find it online as “Plumosa”.

This perennial adds unusual color and texture to the garden. Plant it in the middle of the flower bed behind shorter perennials or plant it at the border's edge to make it easier to be admired.The combination of its unique texture and highly saturated color make it a plant one cannot ignore.

However, this plant needs staking as it cannot hold its heads upright without help from the gardener.

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