Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvias of the Day: Indigo Spires

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Today's Salvias of the Day is Sage (Salvia 'Indigo Spires').

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Sage (Salvia 'Indigo Spires')
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pbtxlady
Sep 12, 2015 6:25 PM CST
I've grown this plant for about 8 years now, and it remains one of my all-time favorites. Care-free, easy to root and share, cuttings grow to 2-3 feet in one season, blooms all summer. Bees and butterflies love it, and I totally agree with them.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 6:40 PM CST
@pbtxlady

I agree It is a wonderful bee and butterfly salvia. Easy to grow and long blooming. It is not hardy for me, but gets big soon enough for my zone 6a growing season. Love it also. It is a staple in the garden every year. Lovey dubby
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 12, 2015 7:04 PM CST
I love this one as well, and have planted it again and again - because sadly Crying it rarely makes it through our hot, wet summers! It should be perennial here, and last at least 3 years, but so far it's been an annual for me.

Maybe I can find a sunny spot under an overhang for it? Or try it in a big container that I can move under cover when it pours?
Elaine

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Sep 12, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Beautiful and bountiful blooms on Indigo Spires but it's another one I missed buying in spring when the usual nursery changed hands.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 7:12 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:I love this one as well, and have planted it again and again - because sadly Crying it rarely makes it through our hot, wet summers! It should be perennial here, and last at least 3 years, but so far it's been an annual for me.

Maybe I can find a sunny spot under an overhang for it? Or try it in a big container that I can move under cover when it pours?


@dyzzypyxxy

It can take partial shade. Plant it where it gets afternoon shade and if you don't have afternoon shade, then whatever shade you have during the day.

Sage (Salvia 'Indigo Spires')

A big container would be too heavy to move, wouldn't it?! Maybe plant something else in the big container - I've 2 Indigo Spires, along with Salvia Amistad in a large container tub this year and with a lot of the rain we've had earlier in the season, I think that with three plants sharing the tub, the Indigo Spires don't even know they've had a lot of water. Might work for you.

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Name: Pattie
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pbtxlady
Sep 12, 2015 7:18 PM CST
shown with liatris and Lady in Red salvia.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 7:24 PM CST
pirl said:Beautiful and bountiful blooms on Indigo Spires but it's another one I missed buying in spring when the usual nursery changed hands.


@pirl

You can still grow it......

I order mine early in the year at Select Seeds for April shipment. http://www.selectseeds.com/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/005457.3.11857...

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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 7:25 PM CST
@pbtxlady

Wonderful pic! It would make a great multi-plant photo! Lovey dubby Hurray! Thumbs up
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dave
Sep 12, 2015 7:28 PM CST

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This is one of those bulletproof plants for us. We have several of them all over the place and they never give us any trouble. Numerous beneficial insects are drawn to it and we just love the tall spikes of blooms. One of my top 5 salvias.
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pirl
Sep 12, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Thanks, Marilyn.

@dave May I ask what your top five salvias are?
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 12, 2015 7:47 PM CST
Last time, it was getting shaded later in the afternoons by the lychee tree, but the sun in that location is really brutal. Maybe I just need to plant it closer together in the ground so they will drink up the sudden downpours. Our soil is very sandy and well-drained.
Elaine

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 9:12 PM CST
pirl said:Thanks, Marilyn.

@dave May I ask what your top five salvias are?


Great question! I'm all ears! Thumbs up

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Sep 12, 2015 9:13 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Last time, it was getting shaded later in the afternoons by the lychee tree, but the sun in that location is really brutal. Maybe I just need to plant it closer together in the ground so they will drink up the sudden downpours. Our soil is very sandy and well-drained.


That could work! Hurray! Hope it does! Thumbs up

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 12, 2015 9:14 PM CST
Well, if I can get them going now, they'll bloom through most of winter for me, and at least keep going until next summer. It IS sort of cooling off here now. Hm, they might look nice interplanted with nasturtiums . . .
Elaine

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beclu727
Sep 13, 2015 8:25 AM CST
I have this plant next to my greenhouse. I planted Purple Majesty and Black and Blue at the same time. Indigo Spires is slowly taking over. The bees and skippers love it.
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Name: Pattie
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pbtxlady
Sep 13, 2015 4:06 PM CST
You have Indigo Spires taking over Black and Blue???? Astounding. Hurray! I love Black and Blue (and its cousin Argentine Skies) but they tend to get out of hand pretty fast.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Sep 14, 2015 12:18 AM CST
@beclu727

A beautiful and great bee/butterfly salvia!
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