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gardenlady48(z5 IL)May 26, 2005

Which variety of salvia blooms the most prolific with the BLUEST coloring and hardy to zone? Want something for companion to my pink knock-out roses. Thanks.

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mannye(z10 Miami Beach)

that's easy...

salvia patens "Genitian Salvia"

There you go.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2005 at 11:30AM
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mannye(z10 Miami Beach)

spelling is G E N T I A N salvia

    Bookmark   May 27, 2005 at 11:36AM
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Salvia patens is a real true blue. Ignore names like 'Gentian Blue' is the same plant. A large, vigorous from of this species is known as S. patens 'Guanajuato'...this is spectacular, with royal blue flowers. Also S.patens 'Cambridge Blue' has the most wonderful bright, pale blue flowers.

Other true blue Salvias...S.sagittata, S. sinaloensis, and S. cacaliifolia. Also many of the S. guaranitica and S. mexicanas. What about S. urica?


    Bookmark   June 2, 2005 at 4:23PM
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wardw(z6 NJ)

Patens will not be hardy in your zone. Is it just me, both I find this species a big pain in the %# to keep happy. That being said, it sure is beautiful, and I wish it did better for me.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 4:07PM
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