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This didn't really do much until early September here in NJ (7a). Basically it was just a large green bush the majority of the summer which ultimately grew to nearly 6ft tall! Definately a back of the border plant. By late August I could see the buds forming and now it's late September and its in full bloom and has really come into its own. Patience is the key with this salvia in my area but definately worth the wait. When other annuals have long since pooped out this one is just getting started adding spectactular fall color.
I purchased 3 plants in Spring 2020. The plants were small but very healthy upon arrival. I planted into a morning sun / afternoon shade location. By Jul - Aug the plants were 3+ feet and blooming beautifully. But the best blooming show was yet to come in Sep - Nov. (I garden in coastal VA zone 8B). This is a spectacular plant that will forever have a place in my garden. As of late Mar 2021 the plants appear to have survived a mild winter.