Habitat of S,longistyla

hybridsageJune 30, 2011

Where is this Salvia from? In our Heat (100 +)upper 70's

at night. I have it in the shade and it still is looking stressed.


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This is an enormous, almost thuggish, Mexican Salvia. Occasionally named as S. tubifera or S. jorgehintoniana. It is quite widespread in several Mexican provinces.

It is a cloud forest Salvia, and does not like direct sunlight. Also, it is not hardy, and is winter-flowering. In frost-free conditions it can become extremely invasive, not unlike S. cinnabarina.

In full flower, in a suitable climate, in winter months, it can be spectacular! Here in the UK, it is hopeless, even under glass. To see it at its best, look at www.salvias.com.ar there, in Buenos Aires, NOT its natural habitat, it has been superb!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 6:16PM
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Robin Thanks ! The plant came from Rich. What I was remembering it that it was cloud forest plant. So up goes
the humidity level for this one. We will check with Rolado
too. Thank You again!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 8:37PM
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riverrelaxn85(zone 9a-b)


Mine gets afternoon sun here. Doesnt wilt much either. When Robin says massive, its true. I planted a small cutting and 6 months later it was 8ft tall. I have to prop up all of the braches because of the wind here. huge stems. Waiting for the winter show!


    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 1:21AM
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Brent what are your night time temps?
How long do you stay in the upper 90's?
So far we have been 98 -106 temps for a month + .We still
have 2-3 Months of this to go I am having to water my greggii's once a week just to keep them alive.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 5:58PM
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riverrelaxn85(zone 9a-b)

We are in the 90-105 range from now until sept. Our night temps will be from upper 60's to 70's from now on. I am a step down from you. I cut my down in a month or so to conserve water and get a heavy fall bloom. I do this with anything that wilts bad in mid winter. I just dont cut them to the ground.


    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 3:31PM
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