Hello from England,
Recently acquired seeds of Salvia funerea, from Alplains (I think!), and was not very hopeful of them being successful here. Just one seed germinated, two months ago, and it is already in flower! Tiny flowers on a straggly little plant just 8 or 9 inches tall. They appear from whitish, woolly calyces. I have kept this Salvia in a small pot with gritty compost in the greenhouse where it gets maximum heat...easy, currently, as we are having a prolonged heatwave here. I am so thrilled about this, as I don't think anyone else in the UK has succeeded with this. A tiny plant, just a few inches tall may not be a success story, but for me, it is!
Seeds of S. summa and S. urticifolia unfortunately did not germinate, but I hope to try these again, should any more seeds be forthcoming. Seeds of S. mohavensis germinate easily here, but as far as I know, nobody in the UK has ever got this to flower. Maybe this hot summer might help.
Chinese species are particularly good this year, provided they are kept in semi-shade. S. castanea and S. digitaloides are just stunning at the moment. But they need an awful lot of water in the summer.
By the way, 2 new pages recently added to my site www.robinssalvias.com .Some new species are there.
Regards to all, Robin.