The Heatwave™ Blast Sage, otherwise known as the Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 or Sage ‘Amethyst’, Balkan Clary ‘Amethyst’, Steppe Sage ‘Amethyst’, Salvia Involucrata ‘Amethyst’, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Heatwave™ Blast Sage Care Guide. So let’s dive in.
In order to take proper care of your Heatwave™ Blast Sage you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Water: The Heatwave™ Blast Sage demands water once a week in summer but increase the frequency and amount of watering in extreme heat.
- Light: Keep your Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Heatwave™ Blast Sage in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Heatwave™ Blast Sage will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage belongs to the Lamiaceae family, the genus Salvia and the species Nemorosa, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 (SAL-vee-uh my-kroh-FIL-uh gregg-EYE).
As with other Salvia’s, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
The Heatwave™ Blast Sage is a plant native to the Europe and west-central Asia.
You might be wondering why your Heatwave™ Blast Sage’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.
With this in mind, the Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 will be most used to the heat zones in the 5 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.
But what exactly does this mean for your Heatwave™ Blast Sage? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…
The Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002′ Plant Patent #24,153 can grow up to 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2’ (30cm – 60cm).
These dimensions make the Heatwave™ Blast Sage a relatively medium perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 24″ (60cm) free so the Heatwave™ Blast Sage can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 demands water once a week in summer but increase the frequency and amount of watering in extreme heat.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Heatwave™ Blast Sage in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Heatwave™ Blast Sage is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
As mentioned earlier, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage prefers to have soil with good drainage, moist, and occasionally dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, chalk, and loam.
This is why most experts agree that the Heatwave™ Blast Sage requires soil with high organic matter, sand, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage will be present year round in your garden.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (early, mid, late).
In particular, this perennial is well known for its long bloom season, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Heatwave™ Blast Sage produces some beautiful pink, or pink and purple/lavender flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Heatwave™ Blast Sage have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 to be around (3-6 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Heatwave™ Blast Sage is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for dry soil, drought and animals like deer and rabbit, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Heatwave™ Blast Sage will look best in it.
Most Salvia (Microphylla X Greggii) ‘Eggben002’ Plant Patent #24,153 owners agree that this perennial will look great in most mediterranean, cottage and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden, mediterranean garden, city and courtyard, informal and cottage, and in prairie and meadow styles.
In particular, the Heatwave™ Blast Sage’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, others use it for landscaping in a mass planting, green roof, container, border, cutting garden, firescaping/fire wise, or a wildlife garden.
Heatwave™ Blast Sage’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Echinacea, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Miscanthus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Heatwave™ Blast Sage to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!