Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvia of the Day: Sage (Salvia 'Betsy's Purple')

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 17, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Sage (Salvia 'Betsy's Purple').

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Sage (Salvia 'Betsy's Purple') .

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Sage (Salvia 'Betsy's Purple')
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 17, 2016 11:50 PM CST
Beautiful purple flowers, but I'd grow Amistad instead.
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Central Louisiana (Zone 8b)
rivercrossroads
May 8, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Hi Marilyn, I've posted a picture of my Betsy's Purple in the database taken 5/6/16, first bloom of the yr for this plant. Confusing as mine has green calyces & Robin Middleton's has black, oh well, maybe hybrids & crosses. Bought mailorder spring 2015, first bloom fall 2015. Extremely mild winter probably helped to bloom this early.

Amistad did not take the 12F nights that we had in a recent winter. Bought Betsy's Purple after reading good reviews in butterfly & hummer forums as rec for climates too cold for Amistad. I prefer my plants in the ground. Excited that bloom is near hook for hummer feeder (as you can see in picture). Almost 8 ft to tip of bloom but directions are to cut back by a third after flowering. Good idea as it's almost touching the ceiling of the porch overhang!
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
May 8, 2016 7:34 PM CST
@rivercrossroads

Welcome! Welcome!

Beautiful pic!

I looked at the Flowers By The Sea website and he shows purple with green calyces, just like you do. http://www.fbts.com/salvia-x-betsys-choice.html He sells and specializes in salvias, so he would know.

Hopefully, @FBTS Kermit Carter, the owner of Flowers By The Sea will chime in and talk about this. I don't know what variety Robin Middleton really has that he shows for 'Betsy's Purple', since he shows purple with black calyces.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Central Louisiana (Zone 8b)
rivercrossroads
May 9, 2016 6:26 AM CST
@Marilyn
Thanks, Marilyn! I'm looking forward to seeing how it grows this summer & if it's popular with the pollinators - have to see.

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