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Salvia Identification Wanted

Posted by mmm...fruit 8B (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 9:44

I got this salvia from a cutting and would like an ID on the variety. Ignore the S. gregii to the left of the photo and the Russian sage growing throughout--I am talking about the one with the upright purple flower spikes. The flower spikes from the lowest calyx to the highest is about 11 inches. I thought this was just a generic S. farinacea until I saw such long flower spikes. Could it be Indigo Spires? Or a longispicata?

Is any other information needed for an ID?



Here is a link that might be useful: Salvia photo here

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RE: Salvia Identification Wanted

Not easy to tell, without a close-up of the flowers and foliage. But It could well be a tall form of S. farinacea. Maybe S. farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'?

RE: Salvia Identification Wanted

Here are additional photos.

Close up of the folliage:

Close up of the flowers:

It looks like the flower spikes are as long as 14" in fact.

RE: Salvia Identification Wanted

It sure looks like Indigo Spires to me.

RE: Salvia Identification Wanted

Garden Centers here in California are selling this Salvia as either Mystic Spires, Blue Mystic Spires. or Mystic Blue... all are of the same genra as Indigo Spires. A great addition to the Salvia Nation and much hartier than the previously mass produced "annual Salvias" which were prone to powdery mildew.
FYI I had two in pots over-winter this year.

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