Anyone familiar with salvia varieties?

msroseAugust 11, 2012

I've been noticing a particular salvia around town and I'd love to plant it next year. I usually see it planted at businesses and apartment complexes. It stays short and is a bright purple, so it really stands out. The salvia I planted in the past starts to look tall and lanky after awhile, but this one stays nice and neat. Any ideas?

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castro_gardener

is it a purple salvia greggii ? Can you get a picture of it and post it here ?

maybe it's a mesa purple ?

could it be russian sage ? That's a little taller though.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 2:14PM
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msrose

It's shorter than all of those. I'll try and take a picture the next time I'm that direction.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 4:13PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Is it Salvia sylvestris 'Blue Hill' perhaps? I always thought of it as a salvia for cooler climates, but when I saw it growing at ARE I bought several plants and it's done well. It lived through last summer's drought so I bought a few more this spring. So far so good this summer too. It does best where it gets afternoon shade and moderate water.

Here is a link that might be useful: Salvia sylvestris 'Blue Hill' ...

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 5:04PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

The office park that I work in has a fabulous display of Henry Duelberg in late spring. The purple is just nearly cobalt blue and blooms for a long time.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 9:54PM
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elchechex

Maybe mealy blue sage

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 12:29PM
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msrose

ok, here's the pictures!

It definitely looked prettier earlier in the summer, but it still doesn't look bad.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 2:53PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

The leaf looks like greggi

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 2:58PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I'm pretty sure it's Angelonia, also called 'summer snapdragon'. It's a great plant for Texas' summer. Comes in colors like white, pink, lavender and purple. It's considered an annual, but sometimes winters over. I have several plants in the purple, but next year I'm buying a whole flat of them.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 4:40PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I have pink and purple in containers as they DEFINITELY do not overwinter up here.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 5:11PM
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msrose

Roselee - I think you're right! I actually bought 2 white Angelonia this year and I just went out and looked at it and it does look the same. I guess I associate purple with salvia and never thought about it being something else. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 6:34PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

That is Angelonia. There are several varieties and they come in white, lavender, purple, pink, and some bi-color. They do look a little like some salvia varities, but they don't have the foliage/stem odor.
Molly

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 7:47PM
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cynthianovak

looks like Angelonia to me too. Recently read that they have really hardy varieties now. Think I read that in the Dallas paper. Don't know if it said they overwinter but did say that laugh at the heat.
c

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 11:39PM
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cynthianovak

you might look at this. Texas Superstar

Here is a link that might be useful: Angelonia Serena Series

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 11:43PM
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plantloverkat zone 9a north Houston(zone 9a)

I agree with the angelonia identification as well, but there is a newer, more compact series of salvia greggii called the mesa series. This article says that these new varieties stay more compact than other salvia greggii varieties, so if you think that your other salvias are too leggy, you might want to look at these.

Here is a link that might be useful: salvia greggii - mesa series

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 1:04PM
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msrose

Oh! I like the smaller Greggii also. I wonder if it will be easy to find next year.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 10:33PM
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beachplant(9b)

Angelonia, look at the flowers. Great plant for our heat. I have had it come back for 2-3 years.
Tally Ho!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 2:11PM
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