I never expected to have a salvia that shaded out buddleias, but such is the case with Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'. Named for Phyllis Norris, this wonderful seedling, thought to be a hybrid between Salvia leucantha and possibly Salvia chiapensis, occurred at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum. It is similar but larger and hardier than Salvia 'Waverly' and has been perennial to 8 degrees F in our trials. The 7' tall clumps are only 1' wide at the bottom but have a 7' wide spread at the top...like a barrel-chested man with tiny feet. Starting in early September and continuing until frost, the clumps are topped with 1' long purple spikes of light lavender flowers, each held in a bicolor calyx, purple on top and green on the bottom...a dramatic garden specimen!
Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml)