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Salvia splendens (White Flower)

Family Name: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Bird-Attracting Butterfly Food Plant Ornamental Flowers Annual Woody


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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a clump forming plant, with upright stems.
Foliage Leaves are opposite, 3 - 8cm long, dark to medium green, elliptical with serrate or toothed margins.
Flowers Flowers are borne in whorls, densely packed on spike-like terminal racemes of about 12 - 25cm long. Flowers are scarlet in colour. The calyces remain on the plant after the flowers have fallen off.
Cultivation Seeds can be sown directly into the ground. Spent flowers must be removed in order to prolong flowering.
Etymology The genus Salvia means sage-like. The specific epithet splendens means gleaming, striking which refers to the inflorescence. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Margin Serrate / Toothed
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Individual Flower Shape Tubular

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Master ID 1124
Species ID 2417
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.