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Salvia Amistad is a perennial, and Salvia Cerro Potosi is shrubby ... a friend wants me to explain the difference, but that is all I can tell her! Can anyone help? Thanks.



Sheila, I do not know much about salvias, but I know that Amistad is herbaceous salvia , they tend to die back to the ground in winter
Shrubby salvias like ‘Hot Lips’, or ‘Cerro Potosi’ do not die back in winter. They are evergreen and hardier.

I think that is main difference but hopefully someone will have more information for you.

21 Nov, 2020


As Klahanie has already said, 'Cerro Potosi' does not die back in the winter. The lower growth is quite woody by the end of the season, whereas 'Amistad' is firm but still soft

21 Nov, 2020


well they are both perennial for starters.
as said Amistad is herbaceous. that means in cold weather it dies down totally [soggy mass of stems etc] and grows again from below soil level in the spring.

Shrubby means that towards the end of the summer it makes secondary growth that is hardened by lignin and that makes it shrubby/woody. Leaves may be lost but many leaves may be kept, depending on the severity of the weather. In the spring new growth starts from buds along the stems.

22 Nov, 2020


Thank you Klahanie, Andrew and Eileen ... all helpful. I’m sure my S. Amistad is supposed to die back, but in the greenhouse it is thriving with plenty of new growth! But the ones still in the ground I will mulch (I’ve taken cuttings). I appreciate your expertise 🙂.

22 Nov, 2020


Sheila,the Amistads here I took inside a few weeks ago..the foliage has now started to drop on both. The young Hotlips cutting I also decided to give shelter to...the leaves are also dropping. On the otherhand, the very large Hotlips which is permanently in the garden never sheds any leaves and very much a 'shrubby' type.

23 Nov, 2020

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