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I first grew this delightful plant from seed about five years ago. Since then it has returned from self-sown seed very reliably. It grows in a sunny bed that is populated by Virginia Bluebells in the spring and, once they have died to the ground, the salvia seedlings appear. I had so many this year that I potted some up and grew them in a window box on my front stoop. Hummers were regular visitors. The photo shows forest fire in foreground, roman red in back of them and blue agastache in distance
Grown by direct sow in zone 10a, part shade flower bed. Has done very well despite conditions this year being very hot and dry. I deadhead it and it keeps on flowering, one of the few plants still flowering mid August in this heat. Almost three foot high now, I do give it a little extra water now and then but it seems very resilient. No mildew or pest issues.