Chia (Salvia columbariae) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Flower Color: Blue
Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

photo credit: Stan Shebs

The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 9:23 PM

"Salvia columbariae is an annual plant that is commonly called chia, golden chia, and desert chia because its seeds are used in the same manner as Salvia hispanica (chia). It grows in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, and Baja California and was an important food for Native Americans. Some native words include pashí from Tongva and 'it'epeš from Ventureño.

S. columbariae grows 3.9 to 20 inches tall. Its stem hairs are generally short and sparse in distribution. It has oblong-ovate basal leaves that are 0.79 to 3.9 inches long. The leaves are pinnately dissected and the lobes are irregularly rounded. The inflorescence is more or less scapose, meaning it has a long peduncle that comes from the ground level that has bracts. The bracts are round and awn-tipped. There are usually 1-2 cluster of flowers within the inflorescence. The calyx is 0.31 to 0.39 inch long and the upper lip is unlobed but has 2 (sometimes 3) awns. The lower lip is about twice the size of the upper lip. The flower color can be pale blue to blue and purple tipped. The stamens of the plant are slightly exserted. The fruit of S. columbariae is a nutlet that is tan to grey in color and 0.059 to 0.079 inch long.

S. columbariae can be found in dry undisturbed sites in chaparral, and coastal sage scrub. It generally grows at elevations lower than 3,900 feet. In cultivation, it prefers good drainage, sun, and dry weather."

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

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