Salvia – ‘Amistad’

Salvia Amistad (Salvia guaranitica) 

Salvia Amistad has an attractive scent, with deep purple (almost black) flowers which bloom from May to October.  Perennial sages are invaluable for their display of spiky flowers from summer through to autumn.  Salvia ‘Amistad’ bears unusually large, deep purple flowers with almost-black calyces and stems.  It’s extremely popular with bees and makes an excellent cut flower.  Scented, this plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and moths. 

  • Prefers moist well-drained soil.  When planting out, condition with multipurpose compost and use a general all-purpose fertiliser.
  • Grow Salvia ‘Amistad’ in a sunny, sheltered spot in well-drained soil. 
  • Grows up to 1.2 metres tall and 50 cm across.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage repeat flowering.
  • Dies back in winter and regrows in spring.
  • Good for low maintenance gardens.
  • Generally disease and pest free but can be effected by slugs and snails.
  • Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or garden compost.  
  • Plants may need protection in the harshest winters.
  • Can survive cold temperatures down to -5 degrees Celcius.

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or early summer and  semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn.  It is advisable to take a few cuttings in late summer as insurance against any losses during a severe winter.

  • If required the tender salvias can be lifted, potted and grown on under protection in a greenhouse or conservatory.
  • Established plants that have survived the winter should not be trimmed back and tidied until late spring, when the new growth has started and the risk of frosts has passed.


I planted a nicely sized salvia amistad into the long flower bed by railing in back patch July 2018; planted behind forward patch of gladioli.  (We lost a magnificent salvia transplanted from the comrade’s back garden in the winter of 2017-2018.  It was Mr G’s favourite flower.  We will have two patches this summer – one along the front bed behind the gladioli and also in the corner patch near where the deceased original salvia was planted)