Who eats May Night Salvia?

pieheart(6)May 9, 2008

I know that deer don't like the smelly salvias like May Night, so I bought several last year. When I went to check on the buds yesterday I noticed they had been eaten. Who can it be? I thought that the unpleasantly smelly plants were avoided by the grazers? What's odd is that the salvias were eaten but the hundreds (literally) of day lilies (wild, ditch lily type) weren't.

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lorna-organic

I saw a cottontail eating the buds on one of my meadow sage this morning. :(

Lorna

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 12:16AM
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juicyfruitkid(4)

I think cotton tails must really like it. In my flower bed in early spring I had a cotton tail make a nest and have 2 babies under my may night salvia plant!(tucked the plant over the nest)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 12:36AM
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dyhgarden(7b)

Hmmm....Not a May Night, but I wonder if this is why my Caradonna isn't blooming. I don't have bunny problems with any other salvia. This is my first season for Caradonna.

Cameron

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 11:41AM
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lorna-organic

I don't know what Caradonna is, Cameron. Did you see buds on the plant? I had seen buds on my plant, that is why I knew what the rabbit was eating when I saw him on top of the plant. The plant came into bud again, and once again all of the buds were eaten. The plant is healthy and doing fine. The rabbit only ate the flower buds.

Lorna

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 4:23PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'. Purple spikes. I had a few blooms. The plants look healthy, but no more bloom spikes.

Since 'May Night' is also a nemorosa, I wonder if the bunnies are eating my 'Caradonna'.

Cameron

Here is a link that might be useful: Caradonna

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 4:30PM
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lorna-organic

I think it is very probable that the rabbits are eating the buds on your Caradonna. The HG photo looks a lot like my newest salvia, which was labelled meadow sage. (Might not have been properly labelled.) The rabbits ate that one down to the ground! I saw the plant was trying to make a comeback, so I put a chicken wire cage around it and am hoping it can resurrect itself.

Lorna

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 7:32PM
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