Fuzzy Bolivian Sage (Salvia oxyphora) in the Salvias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
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
Flowers: Showy
Other: Fuzzy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Hot pink; Magenta; Bright pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Until frost
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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

Salvia oxyphora flowering again after a short rest.

Fuzzy Bolivian Sage (Salvia oxyphora) was a featured
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-08-26Salvia oxyphora flowering again after a short rest.
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: July 3, 2011Fuzzy flower bliss of Salvia oxyphora
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2017-09-22
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-10-05Bolivian Hummingbird Sage 005
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-10-05Bolivian Hummingbird Sage 003
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-10-05
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Location: Harrogate Autumn Flower show, YorkshireDate: 2018-09-15
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-10-05
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2013-09-24
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-04-11
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-06-20
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-09-26Fuzzy Bolivian Sage 002
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-04-15Seeds were viable from those I collected from my plant in 2017!
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2014-06-05
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Location: western OregonDate: spring 2013
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2013-08-13First time growing it and I love it!
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2013-08-13
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-07-30Early flower bud formation
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-08-06
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-11
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Location: Test garden Date: 2016-11-11
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Location: Test garden Date: 2016-11-11
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Location: Test garden Date: 2016-11-11
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: September 24, 2013
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2018-04-26First true leaves
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Comments:
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.

My Climate:
USDA Zone 7b
AHS Heat Zone 7/8
Humid

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - 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.

S. oxyphora grows to 3.3 to 4.9 feet high, with lanceolate to ovate leaves that are 2.8 to 8.7 inches long and 1.2 to 2.8 inches wide. The inflorescence consists of terminal bracteate racemes that are approximately 2.8 inches long when young, extending to a 7.9 inches long spike. The corolla is red, 1.2 to 1.6 inches long, with fine hairs that can be sparse to dense. The flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds, similar to most red-flowered Salvia species, thought it differs from other Salvia in that the anthers are within the upper lip of the corolla."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Salvia oxyphora, also known as Fuzzy Bolivian Sage, has gorgeous bright pink flowers that hummingbirds love.

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Plant Events from our members
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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