Jame Sage Salvia × jamensis 'Heatwave Glimmer' (PBR) (Heatwave Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
sage 'Heatwave Glimmer'


The Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' from the Heatwave Series is recognized for its striking and vivid blooms. The flowers of this plant display a beautiful blend of pastel shades, often possessing a soft, creamy white hue with subtle accents of pink, creating a glimmering effect that can add a light and airy feel to any garden setting. These charming flowers are arranged in whorls along upright spikes, rising above the foliage and creating a vertical visual interest. The foliage of Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' is equally appealing with its aromatic nature, often giving off a pleasant scent when brushed or crushed. The leaves are typically a lush green color, with a texture that may be described as textured or slightly wrinkled, contributing to the overall visual interest of the plant. The leaves are typically shaped with a rounded to ovate outline, and they may have a tendency to have a fine edge that gives them a somewhat serrated look. Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' is a perennial, meaning it will return year after year in climates where it is hardy. The plant is also drought-tolerant once established and is known for its resilience and low maintenance requirements, making it a desirable addition to a variety of garden settings, particularly those aiming for a cottage garden feel or a pollinator-friendly environment. It's an attractive choice for gardeners who want to support local wildlife, as the flowers are known to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, among other beneficial pollinators.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Heatwave Glimmer Sage, Autumn Sage

    • Common names

      Salvia × jamensis 'Heatwave Glimmer'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer', part of the Heatwave Series, is not commonly known to be toxic to humans. Ingesting parts of the plant typically does not result in poisoning or adverse health effects. However, sensitivity varies from person to person, and ingesting plant material is generally not advised. If accidental ingestion occurs and any symptoms arise, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional.

    • To pets

      The Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer', which is part of the Heatwave Series, is generally not considered toxic to pets. It is not known to cause poisoning in animals such as dogs and cats. However, individual pets may have different sensitivities, and consumption of non-food plants can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal upset. If a pet ingests this plant and shows signs of distress, contacting a veterinarian is recommended.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: The flowers provide a valuable nectar source for bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of the garden.
    • Drought tolerant: Once established, it requires minimal watering, which conserves water and reduces maintenance efforts.
    • Heat resistant: This plant can thrive in high temperatures, making it suitable for hot and sunny climates.
    • Long blooming period: It produces flowers for an extended duration, ensuring a colorful display throughout the growing season.
    • Low maintenance: It typically requires minimal care, not needing frequent pruning or deadheading.
    • Landscape versatility: Can be used in various garden designs, from borders to containers or as ground cover.
    • Deer resistant: Its foliage is generally unattractive to deer, reducing the likelihood of damage from wildlife.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Floral Arrangements: The flowers of Salvia can be used in fresh or dried floral arrangements, adding a splash of color and unique texture to bouquets and decorations.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists and photographers may use Salvia's vibrant blooms as subjects in their works, capturing the intricacy and vivid colors in various mediums.
    • Natural Dyes: The pigments from Salvia flowers can be extracted to create natural dyes for textiles, offering an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic dyes.
    • Edible Decorations: The flowers of Salvia are edible and can be used as a decorative and flavorful garnish on salads and desserts to enhance their visual appeal.
    • Culinary Infusions: Leaves and flowers can be infused into oils and vinegars to impart subtle flavors and aromas to gourmet culinary creations.
    • Educational Tool: Salvia plants can be used in educational settings to teach students about pollination, plant biology, and horticultural practices.
    • Companion Planting: Salvia can be strategically planted in gardens to attract beneficial insects and repel pests, promoting a healthier garden ecosystem.
    • Landscape Photography: The striking appearance of Salvia can serve as a focal point in landscape photography, enhancing the visual aesthetics of natural scenery shots.
    • Attracting Wildlife: Salvia plants can be incorporated into wildlife gardens to attract and sustain butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial bees.
    • Crafts and Potpourri: Dried Salvia flowers can be used in crafts or as a component in potpourri mixes, bringing a delicate fragrance and texture to homemade creations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Sage is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Salvia is commonly known as sage, which has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. It symbolizes healing and the ability to ward off evil and promote health.
    • Wisdom: The name Salvia comes from the Latin word "salvere," meaning "to save" or "to heal," and it's also closely associated with wisdom and knowledge.
    • Protection: Sage has been used in various cultures for its protective properties, believed to cleanse spaces of negative energy and provide a safeguard against harm.
    • Immortality: Due to its perennial nature and health benefits, sage represents longevity and immortality, a common theme in plant symbolism whereby plants that live long or rejuvenate each year are linked to everlasting life.
    • Purity: The clean, fresh scent of sage is often associated with purity and has been used in ritualistic practices to purify sacred spaces.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Salvias should be watered regularly, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For 'Heatwave Glimmer', aim to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant and may need watering only once a week, depending on weather conditions. Use the soak-and-dry method, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. During peak summer heat, they may require additional water. As a guide, provide about 1 inch of water per week either by rainfall or manual watering.

  • sunLight

    Salvias thrive in full sun conditions, meaning they prefer at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day to grow healthily. 'Heatwave Glimmer' will do best in a spot where it receives ample sunlight throughout the day. Partial shade is tolerable, especially in areas with extremely hot weather, but flowering may be reduced.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Salvias are generally heat-loving plants and 'Heatwave Glimmer' prefers a temperature range between 60°F and 85°F. They can survive slight dips below this range, but frost can be damaging. The minimum temperature for survival is around 20°F, although it is best to avoid consistent exposure to temperatures below freezing. For optimal growth, maintain an environment within the ideal temperature range, especially during the blooming season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is essential for 'Heatwave Glimmer' to promote bushy growth and enhance blooming. Prune in early spring to remove any dead or old growth and again lightly after each flowering cycle to encourage rebloom. The best time to heavily prune is after the last frost in spring or early summer, depending on local climate. Regular deadheading of spent flowers will also prolong the blooming period.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer', use a well-draining soil mix with compost and perlite or sand, at a pH of around 6.0 to 7.0 to encourage optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' should be repotted every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its container, ideally in early spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' tolerates a wide range of humidity levels but prefers average to low humidity conditions common in outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, good airflow, and warm temperatures for indoor Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer'.

    • Outdoor

      Place in full sun to light shade with well-draining soil for outdoor Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer'.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Salvia × jamensis 'Heatwave Glimmer', commonly known as Sage 'Heatwave Glimmer', begins its life as a seed, which, when sown in fertile, well-draining soil and provided with adequate warmth and sunlight, will germinate. Following germination, the seedling stage is characterized by the emergence of the plant's first set of true leaves. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetative stage, growing in size and producing distinctive aromatic foliage. Upon reaching maturity, Sage 'Heatwave Glimmer' enters the flowering stage, wherein it produces spikes of delicate, two-lipped flowers, typically in the warmer months, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. After pollination, it may produce small seeds which, if conditions allow, can disperse and give rise to new plants. With care and favorable conditions, Sage 'Heatwave Glimmer' can persist as a perennial, repeating its flowering cycle yearly, and may be propagated through cuttings to expand or renew the planting.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Salvia × jamensis 'Heatwave Glimmer' is typically propagated through softwood cuttings, which is the most popular method for this particular plant. This technique usually takes place during late spring or early summer when the plant has fresh, new growth that is not yet mature. To propagate, a gardener would cut a 3 to 5 inch length of stem, just below a node, removing the lower leaves to reveal a clean stem. The cutting is then dipped into a rooting hormone powder to encourage root development and planted into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix. The cutting should be kept moist and placed in a warm area with indirect sunlight. Roots generally begin to form within a few weeks, after which the new Salvia plant can be transplanted to its desired location.