Does anyone have any comments on this one? According to Betsy Clebsch it should do OK in my climate.
I've found it to be mostly a foliage plant. It can be a nice billowing ground cover that blooms late. When it does bloom, it has many small dense spikes of 1 inch blue tubular flowers in an unusual color-configuration for new world sages. I have not tried overwintering it outside, and if hardy, might be a better bloomer.
I know it comes from Ecuador, but am unaware if it is from a high enough elevation to make it hardy. High Andean plants are pretty tricky. Seasonal changes there aren't at all similar to what most of us mid-latitude folks.
Ok, I'm trying to think outside of the box a little here on tender sages to be wintered over as cuttings. So many of the ones I'd like to try seem to be short-daylight types.
In the UK, Salvia corrugata is not hardy, except in a very mild winter. It usually flowers brilliantly from September onwards. Easily-rooted cuttings can be over-wintered under glass.
I loved mine, before it died in our unusual, week-long freeze we had in Jan. 2007. It didn't flower much the first year I had it, but it finally settled in the 2nd year. It grew like crazy and put out a lot of beautiful, fuzzy blue blooms that year. Then, I lost it.
If I can ever find it locally again, I will definitely give it a try.
any chance someone could offer a cutting? I have lots of other Salvia that I could offer in exchange. The foliage of S. corrugata is wonderful and unfortunately mine dropped dead last year.