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Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' (Wendy's Wish sage)

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Wendy's Wish Sage

Wendy's Wish sage grows to around 2½-3½' tall and wide.  It's evergreen in warmer climates and produces masses of magenta tubular flowers on maroon stems.  The foliage is dark green.  

The plant appeared as a spontaneous garden hybrid beneath a plant of Salvia mexicana 'Lolly' in the Victoria, Australia garden of Salvia enthusiast Wendy Smith.  A portion of the licence fee from sales of this plant go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, hence the cultivar name 'Wendy's Wish.'

Wendy's Wish sage was released in the US at the beginning of summer 2009 after being featured at the spring PlantHaven Pack Trials in Carpinteria, CA.  It received U.S. Plant Patent number 21,889 on April 26, 2011.

We love the flower color and the long blooming season of Wendy's Wish.  Bees and hummingbirds love the flowers too!  However, in order to look good, it seems to need more water here in Soquel CA than we want to give it.  Therefore, we've decided to stop growing it.  If you live in an area where there's no water shortage, then you might want to consider Wendy's Wish. 


30-40 in


24-36 in


30-36 in

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' Characteristics


  • Evergreen
  • Fast-growing
  • Long Blooming

Flower color

  • Pink

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Morning sun
  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Sandy loam
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Clay-loam

Water requirements

  • Medium - High

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts hummingbirds

Suggested uses

  • Container


  • Hybrid

Plants that work well with Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Black Adder phormium Black Adder phormium (Phormium 'Black Adder')
Garland's Gold yucca Garland's Gold yucca (Yucca 'Garland's Gold')
Catlin's red bush aeonium Catlin's red bush aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Catlin's Red')
Cape rush Cape rush (Chondropetalum tectorum)