Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvia of the Day: Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora)

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 5, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Today's Salvias of the Day is Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora).

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Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora) .

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Grape-Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora)
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Name: Kermit Carter
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FBTS
Dec 5, 2015 7:22 PM CST
For the record, this species does not tolerate high humidity at any time and needs a rather dry climate to thrive. When it in the right place it is spectacular.

Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Dec 5, 2015 7:28 PM CST
We have one very large shrub of this and I've included a not so good photo of it but you'll just have to imagine the scent of all these blooms. I can tell you it is uniquely pleasant. It's positioned to have late afternoon shade here and it must like it. The shade is from a River She-Oak (Casuarina cunninghamiana) and its needle-like leaves suppress weed germination allelopathically. This Salvia is still blooming as heavily now as in the photo. I'll trim it down quite a bit when its done. It's a two year old plant. Just behind it is an Australian Mint Bush (Prostanthera rotundifolia) and a variegated one newly planted in the foreground right. The general plant database info says 3 by 3 foot but this plant is more in line with the wikipedipedia post by Marylin that says 6 by 4. To cold for the bees now but they do love it.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Dec 5, 2015 7:49 PM CST
I actually grew this one year in a container here in humid Georgia. It bloomed from late summer to late fall from a small, starter plant purchased that spring. It stayed on the small side because it should have been in a bigger container. I still enjoyed the leaves that smelled like lavender leaves and the flowers that smelled so delicious. It performed well enough that I would grow it again.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Dec 6, 2015 12:34 AM CST
FBTS said:For the record, this species does not tolerate high humidity at any time and needs a rather dry climate to thrive. When it in the right place it is spectacular.


I grew the plants in a 20 inch container, one year by itself and the other year with another salvia in a 20 inch container.

It grew and bloomed a lot better in a container by itself and I really loved growing it those two years (new plants each time).

Thanks for the info Kermit. Since we get a lot of high humidity during our summers, it would probably be better to grow something else that can tolerate the high humidity.

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Name: Kermit Carter
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FBTS
Dec 7, 2015 5:10 PM CST
It smells so good though! Hard not to try!

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