A slower growing evergreen shrub-like salvia, semiatrata means half darkened, referring to the darker shading along the corolla tube of its mauve-lavender flowers with contrasting magenta calyces. The colourful flowers, offset against small emerald-green foliage, appear throughout the year in bursts. They peak in summer and autumn, especially if tip pruned through the growing season. A perfect companion for lavenders and dwarf agapanthus and useful for a sloping bank that basks in full sun.
Prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Drought proof once established, but benefits from supplementary watering in dry periods. Needs free draining soil and good air circulation. Remove spent flowers regularly to promote repeat flowering from summer to autum and to maintain overall shape.