Sorry this is out of focus, I'm still trying to figure out this camera. Plus, the wind was blowing the flower around.
This plant has grown to over 5 ft. tall and keeps wanting to lay down. I'm not sure if it's reaching for the sun (it's in mostly shade) or if that's a natural growth habit. The flower head is about 3 inches in diameter and currently about 3-4 inches long but still growing.
It's salvia "Hidalgo". I have it. It's perennial here if planted early enough in the spring, otherwise take cuttings. It roots easily from tip cuttings. It starts blooming here in August and continues till frost.
that looks like my fuschia salvia! mine is trying to lay down, too, and I had never known a salvia to do that. I moved it from full sun to a little less sun, thinking it might have to do with the sunlight. but it still wants to spread out. someone at daves directed me to this site: "Salvia World" which has many photos and descriptions of salvias: Hyperlink
I think mine is the salvia iolanthe (sp?) but it looks exactly like your picture (without the blooms).
You guys are the best! I knew it wouldn't take long to get an i.d. on this thing. Thanks for all the help : )
UPDATE: After examining the photos at the Salvia World site, I've determined that this is a Roseleaf Sage. Probably the involucrata var. Bethelii. It's hard to tell by the picture I took, but the bloom starts out like a "rosebud" and the stems are tinged with burgundy.
Calalily, your Hidalgo is another involucrata variety - there's a slight color difference, but you were right on!
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