jg0613 said:I forgot to add that I love that Salvia Amistad is also known as Friendship Sage- apparently that is what the word Amistad means. I feel like all of you fellow gardening lovers are friends!
beckygardener said:I thought I had posted about this one. (I guess I didn't hit the "Finished" button.)
I acquired Amistad from the local nursery. Loved it the minute I saw it. It has been a popular plant here locally. It is also a good hummingbird, butterfly, and bee nectar plant. (Though mainly the Black Swallowtails, Polydamas Swallowtails, and Giant Swallowtails use it from the butterfly species.)
I am also on another forum for Hummingbirds and met Rolando there (online, of course). He told everyone that he was trying to get it released in the USA, but at the time he didn't want to patent it because he wanted everyone to share it. (Well ... you know how that goes .... to release a plant in the USA, the plant producer has to make a profit. I don't know if Rolando gets any monetary gain from the sale of this plant or not.) Everyone on the forum was very excited to see it and then later get this plant! It is everything that Rolando promised it would be and it's name does indeed mean "friendship".
I have it growing in several places in my backyard. It needs to be pruned periodically to maintain a fuller bush otherwise it gets rather lanky. The purple blooms are a true shade of purple (to my eyes). It does not produce seeds. It grows well with fertilizing twice a year. I like to use the time-released fertilizer in the Spring. It blooms year round here in my zone. It's one of my top 5 favorite salvias.
Here is a photo I submitted to the Plant Database:
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this information! As I have begun to learn more about plants I have been very disheartened by this "patenting" of plants. Especially ones that occur naturally and are discovered by someone. I know if I was fortunate enough to discover a new variety or hybrid, I would as Rolando did, want to share it with everyone freely. I understand there are some people who put a lot of time and care into hybridization and some compensation for that I don't have a problem with. At any rate Amistad is number one for me! Your picture is beautiful too!
Your picture is beautiful too!