What's this salvia?

salviakeeperMarch 25, 2010

Somebody gave me this salvia years ago and it is in bloom now so I thought that I'd try to find its identity.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: salvia unnamed

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hybridsage

Maybe Salvia Nana? foliage is all wrong for sinaloensis
See what Rich has to say.
Art

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 11:37PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

It is hard to tell. S. nana has medium blue flowers, not lavender, and the spike is expanded and open, not congested.

See the photo I took at Cabrillo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Salvia nana at Cabrillo

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 12:42AM
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salviakeeper

Thanks Art and Rich. It is hard to tell and my pix are not crisp. My plant is alot more congested and flowers are lavender, as you say. This is a stressed plant as I never water it, so it looks dead during the dry months, dropping all its leaves and then comes alive with cool weather and rain...which may or may not have an effect on its anatomy. It just may be a hybrid.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 1:23AM
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robinmi_gw

I don't think this is S. nana. If the flowers are congested and very small....could it be S. lavanduloides or S. agnes? Both are quite similar. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 1:27PM
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salviakeeper

Thanks Robinmi, I checked out your pix for both of these species and I don't think this plant is either one. I've just taken a couple more shots with a black card background to isolate the plant's structure a bit more. Any other ideas?

Here is a link that might be useful: salvia ID ?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 3:20PM
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robinmi_gw

Yes, you are correct, it is definitely not agnes or lavanduloides. My problem is that I don't have half of the Salvias which I used to have as I discarded those which are not so ornamental or take up too much space in the greenhouse. Therefore it is hard for me to identify many species.

But....could it be Salvia longispicata???

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 8:01PM
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hybridsage

Salviakeeper:
You have a real winner. I don't believe that to be longispicata.The flowers are to big and the foliage is
much to narrow for longispicata even in a drier climate.
I have no idea what it is.
Art

    Bookmark   March 27, 2010 at 10:54PM
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salviakeeper

thanks Art. I think longispicata was about the closest thing so far but and i agree, it's probably something else. I guess the mystery will continue.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 8:20PM
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voodoobrew

How tall is it? Could it be Salvia gilliesii??

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 12:22AM
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robinmi_gw

If it is fairly small, could it be Salvia rypara? This is very variable in colour.....blue, lavender, occasionally white. Rypara can be very straggly, depending on soil and climate.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 10:43AM
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brassax

very similar to rypara yet lacks distinctive serations on leaves and lacks prominant b-lines on the flower

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 11:01PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

When I saw the flowers, S. melissodora came to mind. S. keerli is related, but neither would have that kind of foliage.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 11:07PM
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corb(Z8, Netherlands)

Could it not be an S. azurea ?

Cor

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 12:30AM
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hybridsage

Sorry the flowers ,foliage and habit are not any form of
S.azurea either reminds me of several species but yet nothing fits.
Art

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 4:37AM
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robinmi_gw

Better late than never.....Salvia guadalajarensis?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 6:34PM
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annette68_gw

It looks like salvia thyrsiflora

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 5:18AM
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