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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Silvia: What kind is it?

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NorthernWisc
Butternut, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 21, 2013
9:57 AM

Post #9392382

Silvia plants

This Is a home I moved from over 10 years ago, got this shot just before a snow storm ended the season. I donít remember the name of these beautiful Silvia plants. I just ran across this picture and a bag of seeds I had stashed away.

I would collect the seeds and replant every year, on a quiet evening you could even hear the seed heads popping.

The plants shown are full grown and the leaf was a deep green almost looked like a bush the hummingbirds loved them.

Over the last three weeks I have tried several different methods to see if the seeds will germinate but no luck, Looks like I need to order some.

Thank you in advance
NorthernWisc

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2013
10:06 AM

Post #9392396

It looks to be Scarlet Sage Salvia coccinea

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/36/36.4.html
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 21, 2013
11:16 AM

Post #9392482

It doesn't look like Salvia coccinea to me (too tall and flowers are too big). It's difficult to tell without a close-up pic, but I think it's a large cultivar of Salvia splendens. The common garden cultivars of S. splendens are usually in the 12" - 24" range, but there are some less common ones such as 'Yvonne's Giant' that can grow to 48" and higher.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=Salvia&searcher[species]=splendens&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=with&Search=Search

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2013
4:30 PM

Post #9392821

Yeah, those do look like they are pushing four feet tall. My first thought was Salvia penstemonoides, which can reach 5 to 6 feet tall, but the flowers are more of a purple-red. I think you are correct, Tim.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8191666

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