Identification:Plant Similar to Salvia hispanica(Chia Pet)

newbie8961July 8, 2013

Hi, I am new to botany and gardening and IâÂÂm looking for a species or speciesâ of plants that have similar features of the popular Chia Pet (Salvia hispanica):

  1. A relatively short germination time.
  2. Short plant height, about 2-3inches(not strictly speaking). Although I realized that Salvia hispanica grows much larger if planted.
  3. A thick ground cover like appearance.
    4.Grows indoors.
    However, unlike a Chia Pet I would like more longevity from the species compared to the 3-4 week life of a Chia Pet, ideally something that would stay small for a couple months. Would I be correct in assuming that, the smaller the species of plant, the longer the germination and slower growing?
    I am in the process of planting Dichondra repens and Irish Moss (Sagina Subulata) as an experiment as they fit the type of look I would like to achieve.

As mentioned, IâÂÂm new to this field and trying to narrow down possible choices from thousands of plant species globally which I have little knowledge of. I figured this would be a good place to start.

Any suggestions would be welcome; it could be any available plant species that fit characteristicâÂÂs similar to a Chia Pet.

Thank you for your time.

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Don't think there are any Salvias 2-3 inches tall, sorry.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 6:00PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

You might have better luck with a more generalist group. Maybe the North American Rock Garden Society.

There aren't many Salvia seeds available in the quantity you may need. Salvia hispanica is used as a food source (grain), and that may be a thread or approach you may be able to pursue with profit.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 9:17AM
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You're looking to make a "perennial" chia pet, hm? I think Corsican Mint might work well. It just wants a moister growing environment than Chia.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 6:41PM
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Thanks Siir, thats a great suggestion,Corsican Mint is definitely worth looking into. It fits what Im looking for so I'll be sure to try to germinate some seed.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:13AM
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