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Salvia does not grow upright

I planted salvia in my garden - it gets plenty of afternoon sun and moist soil. The flower spikes are purple and the leaves are wide and bushy. The problem is that the plant grows well but flops over into a tangled mess on the ground. What is causing it to do this? It's really not very attractive the way it is and I'm tempted to rip it out.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. There are several reasons that salvia may flop; they include the plant being kept to moist, the plant being fertilized too much or grown in soil that's too rich, or growing it in partial shade.

Have you deadheaded it (cut off the faded flower spikes)? If not, that will help it stay upright, and encourage new blooms to boot!

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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