Plant ID forum: Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea)

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 23, 2011 8:55 AM CST
Ok, it looks a bit sad right now.....I'd better start watering twice a day in this heat, sigh.....but I picked this up at Walmart and the tag just said "Salvia." I only know about red salvia, so... help? (It had lots more blue on it when I got it.)


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flaflwrgrl
Aug 23, 2011 9:11 AM CST
woofie, You need to let it re-hydrate & then take another photo. Take multiple photos... close up of the leaves & close up of the flowers. It's definately a blue salvia, there are lots of blue salvias. They attract humming birds too.
You can post the photos right on this thread. That way they all stay together & peopel will have a better chance of IDing them/
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Aug 23, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Hi Woofie,

It looks like a variety of Salvia farinacea. The specific variety would be hard to determine since there are several that have the white calyces paired with blue flowers such as 'Strata' and 'Reference.' This species is more of a bee plant than a hummingbird plant but they will use it on occasion. Although technically a perennial (zones 8-10) most of the country uses this species as an "annual."

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 23, 2011 11:36 AM CST
Thanks, Danita. I was thinking possibly farinacea, but the pictures I'd found so far didn't look like mine. If the poor thing ever recovers, I'll snap a few close-ups of the flowers and leaves. I can't imagine it's anything too exotic; I mean, I bought it at Walmart. Shrug!

Aha! I found a web page with lots of pictures of various types of Salvia: http://www.hogendoornholland.com/fotogallerij/soorten/fotos/...
I do believe you're right, it's either Reference or Strata. I don't really care about nailing it down exactly; I just wanted to be able to get more. Either of those is close enough to what I have to make me happy. Smiling THANKS!
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