Agastache and Salvias forum: Salvia madrensis/Forsythia Sage

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Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 3:01 PM CST
( *Blush* I posted this in the wrong place earlier today...)

When I moved south I dearly missed the cheerful Forsythias we enjoyed in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

How thrilled I was to find a plant called Forsythia Sage with its interesting leaf texture, strong growth habit and bright yellow flowers. Mine came from the North Charleston Plant Swap. It may not be a Forsythia, but it certainly makes my eyes happy, although it grows so tall I need a step ladder to appreciate the topmost blooms. Thumbs up

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Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
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Name: Judy
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jg0613
Sep 12, 2015 5:04 PM CST
@greene
It is a real beauty!! Thanks for sharing these great pics!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 6:50 PM CST

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jg0613 said:@greene
It is a real beauty!! Thanks for sharing these great pics!


@greene

I agree I could grow it here, but I think I might not get to enjoy the flowers if we get frost.freeze too early. Love the pics of the flowers. Thanks for sharing the beauties here. Lovey dubby I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 9:47 PM CST
Thanks.
I had wanted this plant just because I liked the common name but the specimens at the nursery were way too expensive.

When I brought home some plant swap orphans (scrawny, unlabeled leftovers - the ones nobody selected) there was a NOID plant that turned out to be a Salvia madrensis. I enjoyed watching it grow. and grow. It got so tall I could not believe it. Once it reached seven feet I stopped counting. Rolling on the floor laughing Everything about this plant is interesting; leaf texture, stalk shape and color, bloom size, height. If it would actually make seeds in my zone it would be a 100% perfect plant. Thumbs up

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Sep 14, 2015 12:10 AM CST

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@greene

After seeing your pics of it, I'm thinking I'll check FBTS next year, get it, grow it and hope I see flowers before frost/freeze. I'll take a chance because it would be worth it Thumbs up
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 14, 2015 6:28 AM CST
Confused Had to look up what FBTS meant. *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing

Flowers by the Sea. Thumbs up
http://www.fbts.com/salvia-madrensis.html

This plant would have a place in my garden even without flowers; the stems and leaves are beautiful. The flowers are just gravy.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Kermit Carter
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FBTS
Sep 14, 2015 5:18 PM CST
I tend to agree - this one wins as a foliage plant even if it does not bloom. Especially the 'Red Neck Girl' variety. In Zone 8 and above, where it can establish itself and is not just an annual, we have it start blooming in July and it continues until hard frost. But new plants set out in the spring rarely flower before mid to late September.

Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 14, 2015 6:27 PM CST

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greene said: Confused Had to look up what FBTS meant. *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing

Flowers by the Sea. Thumbs up
http://www.fbts.com/salvia-madrensis.html

This plant would have a place in my garden even without flowers; the stems and leaves are beautiful. The flowers are just gravy.


@greene

*Blush* So sorry! I thought you knew. *Blush*

Flowers By The Sea is a wonderful place to order Salvias and some other plants! Hurray! Thumbs up

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 14, 2015 6:29 PM CST

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FBTS said:I tend to agree - this one wins as a foliage plant even if it does not bloom. Especially the 'Red Neck Girl' variety. In Zone 8 and above, where it can establish itself and is not just an annual, we have it start blooming in July and it continues until hard frost. But new plants set out in the spring rarely flower before mid to late September.


@FBTS

Good to know. I still might take a chance next year. Those flowers are gorgeous! Lovey dubby Thanks! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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