Here is Ms. "Hot Lips", Salvia microphylla. It's a pleasure to see so many flowers on this plant. Last year I had only a few, but I did have it in a different location so maybe I've placed it in a more optimal location.
Salvia pictures from my garden
Thank you, Barb! Most of my new salvia additions are late summer bloomers so it's a treat to see flowers so early in the year.
Here's S. napifolia, whose common name I do not know. I do know it is a huge bee and butterfly magnet, and is winter hardy in my garden. It has small flowers of light blue, and is a prolific seed maker.
I have two transplants coming along from seeds you traded to me of S. przewalskii and can't wait to get them in their new home out in the garden. I will have to mulch that one this fall if I want to see flowers next year.
Help! I bought Salvia Brenthurst for my window boxes.It's a lovely pale pinky peach. Brenthurst has bloomed for a month and now there are just little stubs all along the tall stem. Do I pick the little stubs off to get another bloom? Do I cut it down? Do I do nothing? Can I get another bloom? It's so beautiful, I really hope someone can help me.
I suspect the stubs you speak of are the seed calyces. You can snip off the flower stem if you don't want to save the seeds, this will stimulate more flower stems to be produced. Or if you want the seeds, you can wait for the seeds inside calyx ripen; they turn brown/blackish in color.
Wow! Your salvia collection is awesome!
I checked my S. nemorosa 'Caradona' today, and it looks like the calyxes are falling off the stalk before the seeds ripen.... Would it work to pick the stems while the seeds are still a little green, put them in a paper bag, and hope they continue to mature?
I shall have to hope I find some seeds to tempt you into a trade... LMK what you're looking for, and I'll start hunting!
It wouldn't do to collect unripened seeds...don't know why the calyces are falling off. Maybe it's been too wet lately?
No worries, we'll salvia trade soon. Your trade of the pink columbine seeds will be out in tomorrow's mail! Thanks!!
Well, the 'Caradona' is still putting up some blooms, so I'll watch them closely and hopefully get some seeds.
Microphyla works well for me. I have" watermelon". Hotlips is smashing. I will look for it!
Wow, great color on that flower! Such vivid pink color!
It is actually really peachy when it starts, and the tip is pinker. Then it darkens just a tad. I just love it.
Indigo Spires is next to it, but was too big to get in the picture!
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I was just at the garden store and picked up a Salvia x hotlips! I have to say though, as is often the case,the color of the pictures doesn't do it justice. It seems more cherry red to me in person. It really is a beautiful plant. What zone is it hardy to? I am in zone 4a so I was thinking of trying to bring in under lights this fall.
It is not hardy in Wilmington, DE, although I have another cultivar of that species that is winterhardy here. You named it as a hybrid, I thought it was Salvia microphylla?
Thanks for the info. Don't pay any attention to what I wrote. I know nothing about this plant except I couldn't pass by its beautiful flowers at the garden store this afternoon. I wonder if it will overwinter indoors? Salvia microphylla it is then. The tag on the plant was singularly unspecific about it - just a picture and Salvia Hot Lips
Here's some information about Hot Lips http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/05424.html I see it is hardy to Zone7, I'm going to leave her overwinter and see if she arises from the thatch in the spring!
I tried to overwinter it indoors, and the mites got it and before that the plant looked pretty miserable. Maybe you will have better luck!
Cool! Thanks Gerris2. When I first saw the picture on the link I was wondering if I had the wrong plant because mine are all red. Interesting that the flowers change color depending on the time of year. Keep your fingers crossed!
You know it might be kind of fun to collect some seed from it and see what you would get as well. I wonder how tiny Salvia seed is.
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I never saw a seed develop from last year's plant, I will check mine to see if there are any green ones.
Hello Gerris2, seem to me that you have quite a collection of salvias! If you were to be lucky collecting seeds, I would be very interested in a trade or two... let me know your interests. I am a growing lover of salvias!
Yes, by all means I will be collecting seeds if the plant make them. Let us keep in touch for trading! Do you have a list of what you have already? If so, please D-mail it to me and then I will know what not to offer to you. Thanks!
Gerris2 I took some cuttings from my new salvia and it rooted like mad. Are all salvias easy to root?
That's awesome, grikdog. I think they are easy to root if it is the right time of year, and you obviously have found when THAT is! Congrats!!! What did you root?
It was some cuttings I took from my Hot Lips I just bought. I wanted to make sure I had a few extras because it sounded like it didn't overwinter all that well indoors.
Verrrry cool I must try rooting some cuttings of my Hot Lips S. microphylla! One can't have enough of this little gem!