Salvia apiana in nature and cultivation
Gardenweb has apparently purged old messages. I'd hoped to bump the "my little Salvia apiana" thread to currency so as post my promised Feb 2008 follow-up. Anyway...
Here is a population of S. apiana, photographed today, Feb 2, 2008. These plants are west of Temecula, CA, in Riverside Co., just a few feet north of the county line. S. mellifera is also common in this area, and the two species hybridize here. The sticks that are sticking up all over the place are dried up S. apiana flower stalks from last summer:
This looks into the heart of one of the plants, showing the new growth, mostly from just these past two months, since our first serious rain event was Nov 30. You can see that the young leaves don't have the white hairs that they get later:
Last August I posted photos of two young plants living under the blazing sun of summer. I couldn't find those particular plants today, but this is representative of similar plants as they look now:
These are some of my own seedlings, photographed Jan 23, 2008:
This is a closeup of one of my seedlings on Jan 23, 2008. This one is quite a bit larger today (Feb 2):
This is a cutting I took last July. I took two cuttings that day, and they seemed to exist in suspended animation for months, neither dying nor putting out roots. One never developed roots, but this one finally took off during the fall: