Salvia recognita has soft-rose colored flowers with red markings on the lower lips, large gray-green leaves, and grow 4 feet tall with long flower spikes. Best when grown in full sun or light shade in well draining soils - they do not like to be damp in the summer. Takes a good amount of frost. In the northern zones plants are best grown as short lived perennials and restarted from seed or cuttings because the base of the plant becomes woody and does not produce strong robust stems after a few years. An attractive species worth growing. Salvia recognita has large seeds that are easy to sow and the seedling are large and can be planted out after a few weeks of growth.
Native to Central Turkey.
Seed germination is spread-out over many weeks, sow in early spring for germination which starts in a few days but seeds may germinate during spring and summer. Or sow in the fall and over winter outside for spring germination. Or try 4 weeks at 65-75ºF, if no germination, then move for 4 weeks to 30-39ºF, then 65-75ºF. Surface sow seeds, light helps with germination.