Salvia 'Amistad' (PBR)

9cm pot £6.99
in stock
3 × 9cm pots £20.97 £18.00
in stock
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Salvia 'Amistad' (PBR) sage: Drought tolerant and attractive to pollinators

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun to lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to October
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)

    A stunning new cultivar, which if deadheaded regularly, will flower from late spring to mid-autumn. The larger than average flowers are a sublime shade of purple, and they are made all the more dramatic by their near-black calyces and supporting stems. Bees love it.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

Delivery options
  • Standard £4.99
  • Click & collect FREE
more info

Eventual height & spread

Don't believe the size guideline


I bought this on a whim and put it in a narrow border. In one summer it has grown ENORMOUS! It's more than 2m wide and around 1.5 tall. It's extremely beautiful but looks ridiculous in the spot and is drowning everything out around it. I've strapped it up with a support to keep it more compact but it's still taking a lot of space. I'd move it but it's covered with honeybees and I dare not move it until it stops flowering. Will be tricky to take out as it's like a small tree now! It has flowered constantly and profusely from early summer to October and is showing no signs of slowing down. It's buzzing with bees but mainly honeybees, the bumbles ignore it. I've yet to see how it goes during winter. A beautiful plant, just be aware that it can become huge!




I would buy this product again but I have enough of them now


I wintered the plants under cover, but in the spring the plants looked small. However, they picked up over the summer and now look fantastic.




This plant did survive the winter


Unable to comment very much regret plant did not survive



With care are hardy


I reviewed this plant last year as I was so impressed by it's striking appearance and long-lasting flowering period. However, I had been concerned about how hardy it would be in Scotland. I took care to protect the roots with a thick layer of mulch after cutting back in late autumn. My soil is free-draining. The 2017/18 winter was one of the most severe for many years so I feared it wouldn't survive. In early Spring I removed the thick layer of mulch and to my delight leaves started to appear. It is now growing strongly.






This flowered it's socks off all summer long, is very easy to take cuttings from and looked attractive throughout. I loved the height it gave to the pot (needs a bit of staking) and the many people that admired it were glad to be given cuttings. It's a wonderful addition to pots and borders.


Sutton Coldfield


Excellent plant


I bought this plant early last year. I thought it seemed a bit small at the time but once planted it grew rapidly and was a 1m tall bush by the end of the summer, and was covered with those fantastic blooms until the 1st frost. New shoots have started to appear this April, even after the severe frosts we had this winter. Even my cuttings from this plant have all rooted. A great buy!




One summer wonder BUT dies in winter - doubtful 'frost hardy


Beautiful in summary, but not frost hardy (London)




Long lasting and beautiful


This is an amazingly healthy plant and I loved the fact that it grew quickly and flowered well into December. Can't wait to see how it does this year.

Kew Gardener



A must have


Recommended to me by a professional gardener as a must have; so I got two! lovely healthy small plant that grows very fast, tender in winter so protect, but worth having every year.

Little F



A stunning plant


The flowers are a superb deep blue colour. The plants are healthy, vigorous, have a good shape, and flower for months. The only reason I've given 4 not 5 stars is because they are not hardy where I live.


North Yorkshire



4.5 28


Could not see the question l wanted to ask what l want to know is the salvia Amistad plant can it be cut back or just to leave.thankyou.


Hello This plant is a perennial that will die right back in the autumn, and then new foliage will appear in the spring. As it isn't fully hardy I would leave it until the spring and then cut it back.


I planted six mature salvia amistad last year and had a wonderful display for months, however only two are showing signs of growth so far. The other four are not moving on yet. I may have cut them too far back in springtime. Could they have died off ?


Hello, Yes it is possible that they have died back as these plants are not quite fully hardy - and we did have a particularly cold winter.


Hi. Is it advisable to cut Amistad to the ground in spring, or will the new growth emerge from old stems? I imagine it would need to be cut down, but I want to make certain before doing anything drastic to this superb plant. Also, I would like to say a big thank you for the time and effort you invest in replying to these questions. I know I speak for a lot of people when I say it is very much appreciated.


Hello there Thank you for your comments, so pleased to hear that our answers are useful. This salvia is classed as frost hardy so may need some protection through the winter, so I would cut it down now by say by 2/3rds, and protect and insulate the crown with a layer of dry leaves or chipped bark. Hope this helped.

Having taken Amistad cuttings which are growing quite well in pots outside my question is how do I over winter them


Hello, Ideally these should be overwintered in a cool greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter.


Which plants need cloching?

Frost tender plants can be encouraged to grow far more quickly under cloches and one group of plants, the cucurbits, benefit from the extra warmth overnight. This allows them to photosynthesise for longer and squash, courgette and outdoor cucumber plants

Read full article

How to use those dreamy flower spires

There's one garden essential that brings a planting scheme to life and it's upright flower spikes that soar heavenwards. They add drama and perspective to all your other planting and, as they open from the bottom upwards, each spire offers a glorious co

Read full article

Summer stars from warmer climates

When we are all, hopefully, enjoying the hotter more humid days in July and the longer evenings there is a different range of plants that come into their own in our gardens, ones found naturally close to the equator or in the upper reaches of the Souther

Read full article

Over wintering half hardy plants in pots

You can never quite predict how severe our winter weather will be. In the absence of a crystal ball, it is best in October to make contingency plans to help your plants to survive while there will still be some warmth in the sun and the soil. Hardiness is

Read full article