Comment concerning Hybrid Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia 'Mulberry Jam'): Hybrid Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia 'Mulberry Jam')

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As a comment about Hybrid Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia 'Mulberry Jam'), Danita wrote:

'Mulberry Jam' is an interspecific hybrid between Salvia involucrata and an unknown species. The other parent is speculated to be Salvia chiapensis. It was found in the California garden of Betsy Clebsch. It is a gorgeous Salvia that grows to around four feet tall and starts blooming in midsummer, continuing until frost. Emergence after winter doesn't occur until late spring. Plants that are overwintered without freezing can start blooming even earlier. It is less brittle than its S. involucrata parent but can still benefit from protection from strong winds. It is very popular with hummingbirds and hummingbird gardeners.
Name: Dan
East-central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Salvias Hummingbirder Region: Iowa
Jan 22, 2017 6:25 PM CST
I grow mulberry jam every year because the bloom spikes are fantastic and the hummers love it. Two negatives are 1) the bloom spikes are brittle and the darn house sparrows break plenty of them(and so do I when trying to lift/untangle them later in the season), and 2) the plant form is lanky and floppy. I really need to do a better job of supporting the stems this year.

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