|S. fruticosa, syn. S. triloba produces flowers 1 inch long in the summer in purple,lilac-pink or pink, rarely ever white. This evergreen bushy shrub or subshrub has branched stems with mid-green leaves to 2 inches long. The leaves each have 3 or 5 leaflets that are oblong-elliptic. Salvia can be planted in a sunny border, in a meadow or used for bedding or container planting. They grow best in light moderately fertile humus, moist but well drained in full sun to light shade.