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Aug 26, 2016 6:01 PM CST
|Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Nettleleaf sage (Salvia urticifolia).|
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Nettleleaf sage (Salvia urticifolia) .
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Nettleleaf sage (Salvia urticifolia)
Aug 26, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Aug 29, 2016 5:02 PM CST
|As pretty as this native wildflower is, it's marginal in the upland Sandhills.|
I found it growing in clay soil in a wooded lot (Macon GA).
After rescuing a few plants for the property owner's garden, she sent the yard crew out into the woodland to mow everything down... Turned a wildflower patch into a weed lot.
The rescues get grazed on by the deer.
The plants at my house barely cling to life from year to year... When I moved a clump or two to a "better" spot, they died.
So... Even though they're natural in this area... They wouldn't be my first choice... If I was out shopping.... Unless I actually wanted a challenge!
Aug 29, 2016 11:32 PM CST
Thanks for sharing your info. Good to know.
Aug 30, 2016 4:01 PM CST
|There are actually saving graces to this plant... I might've been over harsh...|
When we first moved the Nettleleaf sage to the shade garden, gave it fresh tilled soil and horse poop, the salvia definitely jumped, one sprig became a nice healthy clump.
If you have a deer fence, and clay soil in your shade garden, your experience will likely be better than my initial description.
Aug 30, 2016 10:41 PM CST
We don't have a deer fence and don't have much in the way of shade. The small partial shade area we have has Magnolia tree roots, so sometimes its hard to dig down and around. Beautiful and colorful flowers though.
Sep 27, 2016 4:17 PM CST
After the deer browsed the plants... one clump got containerized... and left on the east side of the house...
Sep 28, 2016 9:43 PM CST