ID salvia (?) please

cindyd2(7b SC)July 3, 2007

I'm hoping someone can identify this for me. I bought it in the salvia section of the nursery, but it had no ID on it. The plant is about a foot tall. Sorry for the blurred picture.

Thanks.

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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

I doubt it is a Salvia. A Cuphea (cigar plant) maybe? It has to have a lever mechanism to be a Salvia. New World sages have an upper hood and a lower lip attached to a tube as well.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 2:45PM
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cindyd2(7b SC)

Rich - what's a "lever mechanism?"

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 4:21PM
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dellare(7NC)

Yeh Rich is right it looks like a cuphea, specifically Flamenco Rumba. I linked a picture. Adele

Here is a link that might be useful: Cuphea 'flamenco rumba'

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 10:10PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Go to the Sexual Organs - Pistil and Stamen section of the Salvia flower structures web page and note the section about the connective. Squeezing the flower in the way indicated simulates the action of a true pollinator.

Here is a link that might be useful: Salvia flower structures

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 11:30PM
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cindyd2(7b SC)

Rich and Adele - thanks for your input. Adele - I don't think it has the white in it that the Cuphea 'flamenco rumba' has. Instead, I think it might be a Cuphea 'fireworks.'

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 7:36PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Cindy, also look up C. 'Flamenco Samba'.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2007 at 8:20PM
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youreit

My 'Flamenco Rumba' doesn't have white in it.

Brenda

    Bookmark   July 8, 2007 at 10:37AM
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