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Salvia jurisicii

 
Salvia jurisicii
Salvia jurisicii
Salvia jurisicii

Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers blue
Size 12-24"
Light full sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, drought tolerant
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate July

For years, this plant frustrated me. I had just one plant, which I grew from seed, planted in a cushy spot close to our patio. Every year, it would start off promising enough in our garden, with a neat tuft of feathery leaves - but it would proceed to do nothing in the way of blooming, and got progressively rattier as the season wore on. Finally, I moved it to our rock garden one year in spring, where it was more exposed – pretty much harsh sun all day. I guess that's what it needed, because by mid-July, it started to bloom. I'm glad I stuck with it: the soft-hairy blue flowers in spikes are well worth waiting for.

Salvia jurisicii
In its original location our plant looked sad by mid-August
Salvia jurisicii
Silver-hairy in spring
Salvia jurisicii
Salvia jurisicii
Salvia jurisicii
The buds are hairy, too

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 2-7d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (40%G, 3-12d). Bottom heat did not increase germination
  3. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (12%G, 4d; only one developed). Another attempt baggy 70F (5%G, 3-5d)
  4. Seed from NARGS '13/'14 exchange. Baggy 70F (72%G, 6d)
  5. Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (38%G, 7d)

Seedlings are prone to die-off soon after germination; many never develop leaves. When they do, they are slow-growing.


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