The introduction of Merleau represents a technical breakthrough in Salvia superba, a popular perennial species. Salvia Merleau is first year flowering, producing striking purplish blue spikes just 100 days after sowing. Growing to a height of 40cm, its compact form and floriferous habit won the praise of the Fleuroselect judges, who particularly recommended this variety for its outstanding pot performance. Flowering abundantly when other Salvias are just in bud, Merleau will delight in the garden from June to September.
Previously, Salvia superba has always been known as a perennial species, but Salvia Merleau is a first-year flowering variety. It can therefore be grown as an annual, but will remain hardy through the winter and continue to please year after year.
Merleau produces purplish-blue spikes on a uniform, well-branched plant. It is a first-class pot performer for professional use, which will attract consumers at retail level as a genuine plant in the pot, with its mature appearance and early flowering. In the garden, it remains compact and flowers abundantly in a delightful colour, and fits perfectly into the latest garden trends.
Salvia belongs to the family Lamiaceae, an enormous family with more than 300 species. Salvia superba, also known as Salvia nemorosa, originated as a wild plant in Brazil.
First year flowering, compact, good pot performance
Upright double spikes, 0.5 cm diameter
June to September
Perennial, O.P., diploid
Bedding and container plant, indoor pot plant
800 seeds per gram
20 cm high in pots, 40cm in the garden, 10-12 cm wide, upright, compact form
Sow in week 12 at 18°C, transplant direct in pots in week 15 (one plant per pot). Grow outdoors in pots, depending on climate give protection the first weeks. Grow moist but not too wet.
Plant out at 25 x 25 cm