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Salvia microphylla 'Kew Red' (Mountain Sage 'Kew Red') Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Mountain Sage 'Kew Red'(Salvia microphylla 'Kew Red') Herb in 1L Pot

Mountain Sage 'Kew Red'as the name suggests has beautiful vibrant red flowers on long flower stems over aromatic stiff, green foliage. Mountain sage, is a frost hardy perennial, growing up to 1.2m tall, along with all the Salvia microphylla varieties it originated in the mountain regions of Central America, and thus prefers warmer climates than we traditionally experience in the UK. However, Mountain Sage 'Kew Red' like its counterpart Blackcurrant Sage, can still thrive here if given protection from cold and excessive wet in the winter.  

Mountain Sage 'Kew Red' will flower from spring through to early autumn, and although Frost Hardy it may be a good idea ti take cuttings if you live in the far North in case of a a severe winter. As with all Salvia's it has aromatic green leaves but in the Microphylla species or mountain sage. or baby sage, as it is commonly known these are smaller than in the common sage. A great addition to the garden Mountain Sage 'Kew Red' prefers a sunny spot flourishing in a well drained border or in a large pot.

The Ideal time for cutting back flowering shrub sages, is the spring once new growth can be seen from the base and risk of frost has past. Cut up to half the plant back shaping as needed. If Sages are becoming leggy then a light summer cut may be required to encourage flowers and new growth. Dead heading the old flowers will encourage new flowers all season. A delightful plant for the garden and herb border. 

Herb Usage

Sage has been used for centuries as a culinary herb, Mountain Sage  'Kew Red' is grown as a perennial herb plant primarily for its flowers, which are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. However, the leaves and flowers can be used to flavour food and drinks it is related to the Blackcurrant sage and as such has a slight blackcurrant edge to the flavour, great to add a hint of blackcurrant to baking or summer drinks.

Buy Mountain Sage 'Kew Red'  Online

Our potted Mountain Sage 'Kew Red'  herb plants are generally available to buy online between May and September, plant out once risk of frost has past.

Salvia microphylla 'Kew Red' (Mountain Sage 'Kew Red') Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Light Well Drained soil
Flower Colour Red
Height 90cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Salvia microphylla 'Kew Red'
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic None
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    Salvia 'Kew Red'

    Posted by maureen kesteven on 17th Aug 2021

    Prompt delivery, well packaged, healthy plants

  • 5
    Salvia Microphylla "Kew red"

    Posted by Anthony Mock on 8th Jun 2021

    Saw (and smelt) this plant in my son's new garden and wanted one for our garden. The plant arrived in good condition and is thriving in pole position by our garden seat.

  • 5
    Plants as good as the srvice

    Posted by Ian Wynn on 1st Jul 2018

    Malcolm and his team provide top quality in all they do. Super quality plants and service with a smile. Good old fashioned trust and professionalism. Thank you Malcolm for great plants and advice.