Asked on May 24, 2012

I always prune my Salvia (greggii?) with my butterfly bushes in spring? Can I prune again say August 1?

VickiDouglas Hunt


It gets a bit leggy and so tall it droops.
2 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 25, 2012

    Yes, Salviias in general respond well to pruning. I tend to cut mine back a few inches after each flush of bloom to help keep them full. You should prune them hard in late winter, cutting back to one-third by one-half, and can do so again in late summer, even if it's still blooming. It may look stubby for a bit but should flush out with green growth immediately, followed by new blooms. In between those hard cuts, whenever the blooms seem a little tired, give them a light trim-just the top couple of inches-to refresh them.

  • Vicki
    on Aug 2, 2015

    It was my fav greggii salvia & hummingbirds loved those. I had those like 5 yrs or so till bad winter storm damaged them. boo hoo. no longer have those. they r very pretty & nice scents.

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