|Bolivian Hummingbird Sage|
|Fuzzy Bolivian Sage|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
|Maximum recommended zone:||Zone 10b
|Plant Height:||3 - 4 feet|
|Plant Spread:||3 feet|
Other: Hot pink; Magenta; Bright pink
Late summer or early fall
Other: Until frost
|Uses:||Suitable as Annual
|Propagation: Seeds:||Other info: The species has a reputation for not setting seed, but has been shown to be possible when manually pollinated.
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Root
Other: Vegetative propagation by cuttings, taken in spring and autumn, is required. The rhizomatus roots assist the plant by spreading underground, forming a mat and sending up new shoots.
|Pollinators:||Other: Natural pollinator unknown and possibly no longer extant.
|Containers:||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Bolivian Hummingbird Sage (Salvia oxyphora) was a featured
Plant of the Day for February 8, 2016.
|Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Sep 29, 2011 11:10 PM
This is a beautiful Salvia from Bolivia that hasn't been in cultivation very long. It has showy, hot pink, fuzzy flowers with bright green calyces and bracts. The leaves are attractive, large, glossy and deep green. I got this plant as a small starter plant this spring. I grew it in a container in part sun/part shade and a well draining medium (pine fines/peat/perlite) with frequent waterings. It has bloomed all summer and is still blooming. The hummingbirds like this plant. The only annoying thing about this plant is that the ants find the nectar irresistible. From what I've read, it can take full sun up north but needs more shade as you go south. It is supposed to be easy to grow from cuttings. As far as I know, minimum cold hardiness zone is still uncertain.
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|Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 2, 2013 10:02 PM
"Salvia oxyphora is a herbaceous perennial that is endemic to the foothills and lower eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia. It is found growing in disturbed rocky slopes above streams in moist subtropical forest at 980 to 7,200 feet elevation. It is widespread from the Peruvian border, in the Andean cordillera, to the Santa Cruz area. The plant apparently needs disturbed ground to become established, as it is not found growing in undisturbed areas. In spite of its wide distribution, distinct populations tend to be very small, typically only one to ten plants. Observed plants, both herbarium specimens and wild plants, apparently do not have seeds, possibly due to loss of its native pollinator. For that reason, the wild populations of the plant are vulnerable, though many nurseries carry the plant as of 2012.
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|MunchkinsMom||On May 22, 2017||Plant emerged
Hallelujah! Finally started to emerge! I had tried to start a clipping last fall, but it failed to root, and despite my tender care, I was afraid the frosts had killed the mother plant. There are now 4 tiny little leaves, and I'll try not to smother them in my glee.
|MunchkinsMom||On June 5, 2016||Miscellaneous Event
About 7" tall. Pinched out tip of one leader to encourage side branching.
|MunchkinsMom||On May 5, 2016||Transplanted
Pond planter near waterfall oversplash. About 6" tall.
|MunchkinsMom||On October 30, 2015||Obtained plant
dogwooderitternet eBay - Overwintered in garage
|piksihk||On February 18, 2017||Transplanted
This is from rooted cutting- only one made it;
Transplanted to WG front bed
|piksihk||On November 11, 2016||Obtained plant
Five cuttings rooting-
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