Mystery Salvia

Salvia with Colocasia "Black Magic"

Salvia with Colocasia “Black Magic”


Do you ever buy plants on impulse?  Most of us gardening addicts do.

Something about the shape of a leaf or color of a petal just grabs my attention, and I want to bring it home and grow it.

Some people go to the shelter and adopt dogs.  I adopt plants.

And early this season, I was a sucker for Salvias.  There was this whole new expanse of full sun garden to populate, you see, and I was looking for tough, drought resistant, deer defying Salvias.

Actually, I was looking for a few favorite Salvias from summers past which didn’t make it through winter 2013 in our garden.  And I was looking for several wonderful Salvias spotted in glossy gardening magazines.  I was in full “collector” mode when I spotted this beauty.

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I admired the particular rosy tint of its petals.  Love at first sight, it came home and went directly into the clay beside our new Colocasia and Canna garden.   I dug a generous hole for the little 4″ rootball, dug in some compost and Plant Tone, and tucked it into its new home.

And that was it.  I was tempted to pull up a lawn chair and wait for the hummingbirds to arrive, but somehow that never happened.

This little beauty has grown on the benign neglect of occasional watering and sporadic deadheading for the last six months.

And what a delight she has become!

And her name remains a mystery.  I do hope her roots survive the winter, for with this much growth in a single summer, I can only imagine what next year might bring!


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

8 responses to “Mystery Salvia

  1. My guess is that it is Salvia greggii ‘Coronado Pink’ which is only hardy to zone 8. Maybe take some cuttings to overwinter? Do you did up the Colocasia?

  2. And mine which I think came out of a packet of seeds were a blaze of red. The hummingbirds came for breakfast, as we breakfasted indoors watching them breakfast out, the. For lunch and an early dinner. They left for warmer climes early last month and what’s left of the salvias, and their seeds are being enjoyed by the yellow jackets. Much food for many a forager these try salvia pots on the deck have been.

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