What is the longest blooming salvia

caribqnMay 29, 2006

Would you know what the longest blooming saliva would be, for my zone (6, outside Philly). I am looking for a salvia that will put on a display all through the summer. The ones I am most familiar with are May Night and East Freisland. I have some Caradonnas in my garden right now, and am looking for more salvias. Thank you.

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CA Kate

S. involucrata "Mulberry Jam" and S. leucantha seem to bloom all summer in my CA garden.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2006 at 10:36PM
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lisasmall(7a NoVa)

I join in the question: I'm in Zone 7a, about 120 miles south of Philly (near DC). What's the longest blooming salvia / sage for this area?

Does deadheading work to force reblooms on perennial salvias? (Caradonna, May Knight, Autumn Sage)? Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2006 at 1:27PM
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salvia_lover

Indigo Spires and Mystic Spires. In my Gulf Coast zone 8 garden them start in April and go til frost, which for us is usually December.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 11:36AM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I grow Indigo Spires in zone 5/6 as an annual. I get it from Select Seeds as a plant--very reasonable--in April, move it inside every night until I'm sure frost is over. It starts blooming in Une and doesn't quit until frost, at which time it is 4x4. A great, great plant.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 12:22PM
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robinmi_gw

I would suggest that Salvia meyeri has a pretty long blooming period...early June until frosts. Problem is that the French expert, Christian Froissart, now suggests that this is not meyeri at all, and that it is Salvia rhinosina!!! Must we change all our labels again?

Robin.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 7:45PM
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stargazie6

Russian Sage is a spring to Late fall bloomer in my area. It is so beautiful. Loves the sun and a dry environment once established.
This sage is a perennial in my area. I also love the smell of the foliage.
To answer Iisasmall's question, a light cut back will help re stimulate this sage's blooming vigor if it seems to be sluggish during the blooming season. Remember, this is a good drought tolerant plant to once established don't overwater..not enough sun has a tendency to make Russian Sage sprawl and have limp stems.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 6:46PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Russian sage is a Perovskia species, so technically, its not a Salvia. Perovskia is a closely related genera, though.

It does well in sandy soils in western Massachusetts (zone 5), and will persist in a hay field for years with no weeding.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 10:12PM
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wardda

I have a garden with lots of salvia in the Philadelphia area. Salvia greggii and microphylla usually start blooming sometime between late April - mid May, earlier after warm winters, and continue through moderate frosts until a good hard freeze. A couple of years ago they bloomed for 9 straight months. This year after our hard winter it was around the first of June.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 4:30PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Here is a comparison between S. microphylls San Carlos Festival at the J C Raulston Arboretum taken this last Friday

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:41PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

And for comparison on on October 19, 2013.

Note that last winter did not faze this microphylla, and that it blooms best in the autumn.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:45PM
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wardda

One of the great things about San Carlos Festival is how bushy it gets forming a lush thick mound with little or no breakage. It is the oldest microphylla in my home garden having lived through several very cold winters during the decade plus I've had it. It was very slow to return this spring and for a while I thought it might be lost. Shouldn't have worried.

Not all microphyllas appear equal when it comes to this kind of lush growth. I have a probable cross between Raspberry Delight and San Carlos with the same kind of growth habit and wonder if there are others with a similar trait. Salvias that can hold their space like these are very useful for those who have large gardens since they provide their own weed control.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:28PM
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robinmi_gw

I have always if San Carlos Festival is actually a hybrid???

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:26PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Robin, it was collected by John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld when they ran Yucca-Do nursery and could travel in Mexico.

I am hoping to write an article on the sages of Yucca-Do fairly soon. This will certainly include those that they have collected, and probably many they distributed out of their Hempstead, Texas nursery

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:23PM
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