Salvia vaseyi in California

ccroulet(z9 CA Sunset 18)May 8, 2008

Salvia vaseyi is sparingly distributed along the western foothills of the Colorado Desert subdivision of the Sonoran Desert. This species is quite similar in many respects (including the odor of the foliage and stems) to S. apiana, and I suspect they are very closely related. A representative GPS location of the plants in the photos is 33.63228 N, 116.40446 W, 2842 ft. elev. This is about 6 miles south of Palm Desert, Riverside Co., Calif. Photos taken 8 May 2008.

General view of S. vaseyi:

Flowers:

Leaves:

Representative habitat at this site, looking south:

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dicot

It's a shame this is so hard (actually impossible) to find in nurseries. The white flowers and the ball-shaped spikes would make a nice companion with S. clevelandii and S. dorii in dry SW gardens.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 9:33PM
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