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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 14, 2017 2:33 PM CST
I might have asked and not heard ...has anyone in zone 8 bought cherry queen salvia
and it not bloomed at all?

I have bought 2 plants and they were in the sunshine from 9 am to 2pm then filtered and other salvias bloomed beside these cherry queen...all summer long.

My cherry queen never bloomed...one bloom..
They are green but no blooms..

Any thoughts
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 14, 2017 8:42 PM CST

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@Sheridragonfly

I'm confused....

From your pics, it looks like one plant bloomed.



On your caption for the single flower, you stated; Beautiful shade of tomato red. With the name of Cherry Queen, I wouldn't think the flower color would be tomato red.

I don't understand why your salvias wouldn't have bloomed with the other ones next to it blooming.

@Danita

How is your Cherry Queen salvia? I noticed your flower that you posted.




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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 16, 2017 1:41 PM CST
it was one cherry queen that had 2 blooms on it..it never bloomed again nor the other cherry queen
did not bloom ...
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Oct 7, 2017 4:13 PM CST
My Salvia 'Cherry Queen' was always a terrific bloomer. It would usually start in March (possibly earlier in mild winters) and continue until November. It bloomed through heat and light freezes and stayed evergreen except one year when we had a long cold snap with single digit temps.

Sadly, my plant got old (10+ years) and woody and started to decline when faced with some horrible weather one year. I knew that I needed to make some cuttings but it didn't happen. I would definitely get it again, though, as it is a great plant. It's tough, floriferous, pretty, and the hummingbirds always loved it. I was really great for the early migrators since it started blooming so early.

I have my suspicions that there are imposters being sold with the name 'Cherry Queen'. The flower color can be hard to capture in photos accurately so I expect some variability in that. However, some photos show plants that look much more like S. x jamensis hybrids. There are too many S. microphylla characteristics in the leaves such as noticeably crenate or serrate leaf margins.

'Cherry Queen' should have dark green, glossy leaves with smooth margins. There should also be a fairly high proportion of leaves with noticeably pointed tips (at the leaf apex) especially near the tips of stems (distal ends.)
Here is a scanned image from the hybridizer, Rich Dufresne.

http://www.worldofsalvias.com/...

Sheri, can you get a close-up photo of the leaves?

Sheri & Marilyn, where did you buy your plants?
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 7, 2017 6:20 PM CST

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@Danita,

It was seven years ago, but I most likely got it from Crownsville Nursery (when they were in MD or in new location of VA) when they were selling and shipping salvias at the time, from Bustani Plant Farm (OK) when they were shipping plants or from Cottage Garden Nursery (Piasa, IL) when they were shipping plants.

Wished all three places were still shipping salvias. Sighing!
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