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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 5, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8541829

Anyone grow this one and have advice about conditions, size in a garden?
C
Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

May 5, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8542520

Salvia azurea grandiflora is found as a native in the Great Plains and is zone 5 hardy. It has evolved to grow through prairie grasses and is tall and thin. It will form a clump that can occasionally be divided. It can get from 2.5 to 4 feet tall and about 1.5 feet wide. It does well in loam and sandy soils.

There are several forms, including Nekan, found inear the Kansas-Nebraska border.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 5, 2011
6:01 PM

Post #8542547

Full sun? drought tolerant? Do you grow this one or is it too weedy.
Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

May 6, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8544767

It takes full sun well, and is not weedy. It is pretty drought tolerant, but that is a question of the soil type. Can you occasionally deep water, say once a week?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 6, 2011
8:41 PM

Post #8544939

I do water as needed which is pretty often in TX in the summer. I planted it in a bed with good soil, full sun that will get supplemental water so lets see how tall it gets...I will take pics when it starts to put out some growth. It hasn't wilted so its doing ok thus far.
C
2salvia
London
United Kingdom

May 7, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8546134

As Richard said, there are several forms...of azurea...not azura!

Sorry to be pedantic...let's just name the species correctly. (Sure I am not perfect and must have many mistakes on my site!)

S. azurea is a lovely Salvia, but in England, where it is totally hardy, it really needs some support, and will flop untidily otherwise.
But definitely worth growing, the flowers are really beautiful'

newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 7, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8546146

I have no idea which variety this is, it was a trade. It might get a trim if it starts getting leggy. And, thanks for the correction.
C

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8552882

>>there are several forms...of azurea

i was just out scanning my winter sown containers and found some S. azurea seedlings. they are "Pitcher Sage"
I was excited to see them.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 10, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8553362

It was given to me as pitcher sage, S. azurea. I know its native here but I will have to see it bloom to make a guess as to its variety. I plan on ordering a couple more.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2011
5:53 PM

Post #8553364

when i googled it, it shows it's a 'prairie' plant in the midwest... i'm hoping it's a perennial for me. I could not find a zone hardiness.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 10, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8553376

It's a perennial here but I am not sure about zone 5.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8553453

if so... hopefully it's a heavy reseeder. I also find that with many Agastaches too. most really nice ones are not hardy here. I just LOVE blues.
Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

August 12, 2011
7:21 PM

Post #8752928

Salvia azurea grandiflora is indeed hardy to USDA Zone 5. So is the form Nekan, which gets its name from the states of Nebraska and Kansas. It was found near the state lines of those two states close to Colorado.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

August 12, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8752973

I had 3 that grew quite tall and only had a few flowers, not very impressive. I am hoping its because its their first year and we have had such a heat wave here. Not a good year to judge a new plant.
C
Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2011
7:35 AM

Post #8809423

This is 'Nekan'

Bob

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