Is this salvia...???

brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)April 22, 2014

What is this? Its an old pic. Plant died for no reason. Would like another one.

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babera(5a (Montana))

I don't see any salvia . . . but which plant are you questioning? They are all nice looking plants BTW. . .

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:49PM
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It looks like Salvia greggii. No one could tell you the cultivar for sure but 'Flame' is similar looking.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:50PM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

Babera....the one in middle with one red flower on it....had just planted (whenever that was) and was just coming into bloom. And thanx for compliment.

Danita....I seem to remember the word 'Flame' being in name.

Are they hard to grow? It never took off that year and didn't come back the next.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 11:58PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

No plant dies for no reason. Even if it was just to spite the grower. ;-)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 12:03AM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

LOL!!!!!!!!! Bet that was it!!!! Musta not talked nice enough to it...*grin*

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 12:08AM
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Salvia greggii are actually very easy to grow if you give them sun and good drainage. The good drainage factor is especially important in the winter. Last summer, I lost several that I've had for years due to the non-stop rain. The ones that survived had exceptionally good drainage.

Since you are on the coast you may also have even higher humidity than I do, which wouldn't be to its liking. You may want to try Salvia microphylla instead which seems to be more humidity tolerant. Salvia microphylla and Salvia greggii are very closely related and interbreed easily so many plants on the market are hybrids between the two. The flowers look identical but the leaves are slightly different. Nurseries seem to constantly mislabel the microphyllas as greggiis which doesn't help matters. A few of the cultivars that are easier to find are Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' and the 'Heatwave' series of S. microphylla hybrids. Of the Heatwave series, I like my 'Blaze' and 'Blast' the best. I actually bought mine at Lowe's and saw them there last year, too.

They are great, long-blooming plants and the hummingbirds love them! :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 2:19AM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

Drainage was prolly the problem. We had the same rain issues. Plus it was on a low spot.

I will check out the ones u suggested ...thx!!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 11:16PM
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