2 cultivars of salvia leucantha

tntransplant_IA(z6TN)October 28, 2005

really nice mexican sages, one new this year the other wintered over in the lebanon area with no mulch. they are about 6 feet tall.

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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

Nice ones. Thanks for sharing. I can never get mine to overwinter in the Texas Panhandle (zone 6b). But, I really like them so I treat them like an annual. Here's a couple of pix of mine this year.Texas red salvia in front with zinnias below.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 3:27PM
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Nushka_IA(4b IA)

Grown as an annual, when does S. leucantha bloom? (I'm a Californian transplanted to zone 4.)

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 3:41PM
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mine started blooming probably about 6 weeks ago and is now buzzed by the frost we got a couple of nights ago but the flowers still look fine-leaves are a tad limp tho. wonderful plant and i highly recommend it.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 4:52PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

Round here, late August until a hard frost (which we haven't really had yet). A good two months of blooms I'd say on average.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 5:32PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

they get tall and spread out. I usually only plant 4 to 6 to cover about 25 feet of bed. Early in the season they aren't terribly attractive as they grow. But, when fall arrives they are real show stoppers. So, I usually kind of hide mine behind some earlier bloomers until they hit their prime.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 5:36PM
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Luecantha and other salvias are our favorite for late summer and into fall. They attract hummingbirds and many insects. Bumble bees stay on the flowers during the night. We had a milder than usual winter last year and the ones we had last summer survived so we put in several more plants in the spring. All have grown and bloomed identically. I put chopped leaves mounded over the bases of the plants in the fall and removed it in spring. EP

    Bookmark   October 28, 2005 at 10:34PM
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rcnaylor(z7 Tex)

Well, you give me hope EP. I'll give keeping them over here a little more effort.

And that is a lovely area you have in your photo. Can I drop by for a sit? :)

    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 8:13AM
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Gardening in our family is 'in the genes'. Having hope is essential. We are always pleased to welcome appreciative guests. We appreciate seeing other's efforts. Lots more on our photolink. EP

    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 9:28AM
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