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Imposter mystic spires

Posted by jamiecrouse (My Page) on
Wed, May 5, 10 at 16:17

Last year I planted a row of mystic spires salvia, and this year they have all come up again from the roots, except that one of them is noticeably different from the rest. It is clearly growing from the roots of last years plant or I would have thought it was a weed. Its leaves are a slightly different shape and slightly different color; it has a slightly different growth habit. It has just started to blossom, and instead of the blue spires it has fuzzy pink flowers. The really weird thing is that there is one branch that is normal and has leaves and a small bud that are just like all the rest of the mystic spires. I can't figure out what is going on. Does anyone out there know?
#1 Normal mystic spires
normal mystic spires
#2 Imposter salvia
imposter plant
#3 Normal mystic spires, with close-up of blossom
normal mystic spires
#4 Close-up of imposter blossoms
imposter plant with pink blossoms
#5 Imposter plant, showing front branch that is normal mystic spires
imposter plant, showing normal front branch

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Imposter mystic spires

I think there was a hitchhiker in that one Mystic Spires, an Agastache by the looks of it.

RE: Imposter mystic spires

Karen is right you have a Agastache.

RE: Imposter mystic spires

Does the freebie have a minty scent?

Agastaches are good seed producers, and seed-eating birds will visit.

RE: Imposter mystic spires

Agastache hyssopifolia? If it is, try it on peaches! YUM!

RE: Imposter mystic spires Anise Hyssop?

AKA "anise hyssop"...anise scent the give away trait...

RE: Imposter mystic spires

I think I meant Agastache foeniculum... anise hyssop.... brain is softer every day.

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