Salvia lyrata

Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)April 26, 2011

One of my neighbors found a patch of interesting plants in our former lake (now dry) bed, some of which he dug up, potted and added to his backyard container garden. He asked me to identify them. At about the same time a friend gave me a Salvia 'Volcano' plant which I determined is a form of S. lyrata. When my neighbor's and my plants started to bloom this week, I realized that they were the same except for their leaf color. Ironically, I had also just planted some seed of S. lyrata that I had got from Brent. Since this is a Salvia that is native to the our area (North Carolina), I started wondering whether it could be crossed with any other Salvias and / or if any work had been done to improve it. The dark coloration of the veins of the leaves suggest that it has the potential of being developed for its foliage like Tiarellas, for example.

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I have not seen any hybrids in the trade.
Just different forms.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 6:43PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Hybridization is possible, but likely with other related sages mostly from Texas and Africa.

What other sages do you have that might have crossed with it?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 11:54PM
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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

Rich, I just discovered S. lyrata and I was considering trying to cross it with a red flowered S. coccinea. I also have a couple of S. argentea about to bloom. Could they be crossed with lyrata?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 12:35AM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

S. lyrata is more likely to cross with S. African sages like S. muirii and S. scabra, not so much but still possible with those you mention. Maybe 3 to 10 seeds form out of 100 for the remotely related ones.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 11:42PM
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It seems since your original post some have been developed. "Purple Knockout" is available from American Beauties, supposedly.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:01AM
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