Genetic breakthrough in terms of Saliva guaranitica colour

Salvia 'Amante' – photo: New World Plants

Salvia ‘Amante’ – photo: New World Plants

Salvia ‘Amante’ is a new introduction of a Saliva guaranitica hybrid which is related to Salvia ‘Amistad’. Breeding company and royalty management agency New World Plants, Herefordshire (UK) considers ‘Amante’ as a genetic breakthrough in terms of colour in this species. “It is a ‘fuchsia red’ in colour: red with a pink lip, with dark calyx. It has an identical habit and flowering period as ‘Amistad’ and will be a great plant for pot work, mixed collections and perennial borders. ‘Amante’ reaches 1.2m x 1m when mature. It responds to pinching to encourage side shoots that will continue to flower well into the autumn and first frosts.”

Argentinian Salvia breeding programme

Salvia ‘Amante’ derives from the Breeding Program conducted by Rolando Uría. According to Rod Richards – Managing Director of New World Plants ‘Amante’ is an appropriate name for this new Salvia which stands for lover in Spanish. Plant Patent and Plant Breeders Rights are jointly applied by Breeding Program and New World Plants.

Elite material will be available later this year in the form of Unrooted Cuttings (URC’s) from Jaldety Nurseries in Israel and as plugs to order for spring 2019 direct from New World Plants. “We believe this will be a real winner for all nurseries who have successfully marketed ‘Amistad’”, assumes Richards.