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As a comment about Blue Anise Sage (Salvia coerulea 'Black and Bloom'), Danita wrote:

'Black & Bloom' is a new cultivar developed by Ball FloraPlant that seems to have limited release in the summer of 2015, but should be more widely released in 2016. It is supposed to be an improvement over 'Black & Blue' in vigor, form, and floriferousness. Apparently, 'Black & Blue' has lost much of its original vigor after many years of tissue culture. Like 'Black & Blue', 'Black & Bloom' has deep blue flowers held in a blackish calyx. It is currently rated as hardy in USDA Zones 8-10.

It is just starting to bloom for me, but I have already witnessed it being used by the hummingbirds.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 3, 2015 8:59 AM CST
How did you find out about it?
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Mar 3, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Hi Marilyn,

I read about it first on greenhousegrower.com and then did some googling.

Here are some links:
http://southernlivingplants.com/media_room/plant/black_and_b...
http://www.greenhousegrower.com/varieties/california-spring-...

A PDF file(slide 45 is a comparison photo of 'Black & Bloom' and 'Black & Blue'):
https://extension.umass.edu/floriculture/sites/floriculture/...

I made a post about it on The Hummingbird Forum (Network54) where Kermit offered some of his opinions.

I'll be keeping an eye out for it and will try one if it's not expensive. Green Grin!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 3, 2015 11:53 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Wow! Would love to grow this one! Thumbs up
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Mar 4, 2015 3:16 PM CST
Me too! Green Grin!
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Danita
Jul 14, 2015 4:30 PM CST
Got one! Hurray!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 14, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up

I hope to get one next year! Hope FBTS offers it.
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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jun 4, 2016 8:43 AM CST
My black n bloom has just started blooming this past week, hummingbirds are already coming to it as well.
I was just sitting here enjoying the company, plants have a lot to say if you just take the time to listen.

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