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Ñuk'chu flower (Salvia dombeyi)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Species: Salvia dombeyi

Salvia dombeyi Epling, Revista Sudamer. Bot. 4: 47 (1937).

Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Salvia dombeyi in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 January 11. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Salvia dombeyi. Published online. Accessed: 11 January 2021.

Salvia dombeyi, the giant Bolivian sage, is a tender perennial plant found at approximately 3000 m elevation in Peru, and is a popular subject for gardens. In cultivation, and with proper support, this vining sage can climb from 3–6 m. The heart-shaped dark green leaves have a long petiole with short hairs. The flowers are among the largest salvia flowers, typically at least 8 cm long—with a 4 cm currant-red calyx and a 9 cm scarlet corolla.[1]

This semi-evergreen plant has been given an H2 hardiness rating by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. It tolerates low temperatures, but not freezing. It prefers a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade.[2]

Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.
"Salvia dombeyi". RHS. Retrieved 26 June 2021.

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