Salvia Identification Wanted

carnealyJune 5, 2014

I got this salvia from a cutting and would like an ID on the variety. Ignore the S. gregii to the left of the photo and the Russian sage growing throughout--I am talking about the one with the upright purple flower spikes. The flower spikes from the lowest calyx to the highest is about 11 inches. I thought this was just a generic S. farinacea until I saw such long flower spikes. Could it be Indigo Spires? Or a longispicata?

Is any other information needed for an ID?



Here is a link that might be useful: Salvia photo here

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Not easy to tell, without a close-up of the flowers and foliage. But It could well be a tall form of S. farinacea. Maybe S. farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 1:50PM
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Here are additional photos.

Close up of the folliage:

Close up of the flowers:

It looks like the flower spikes are as long as 14" in fact.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 7:58AM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

It sure looks like Indigo Spires to me.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2014 at 11:54PM
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Sierra_Heather(7 ish)

Garden Centers here in California are selling this Salvia as either Mystic Spires, Blue Mystic Spires. or Mystic Blue... all are of the same genra as Indigo Spires. A great addition to the Salvia Nation and much hartier than the previously mass produced "annual Salvias" which were prone to powdery mildew.
FYI I had two in pots over-winter this year.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 4:18PM
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