I received and grew seed marked as "Salvia hians". The flowers didn't particularly resemble online photos of that plant, and helpful comments left on this website (listed below) suggest that it is in fact S. forsskaolei (or S. forskahlii, as GRIN names it). At any rate, it is a nice medium-tall garden sage, well worth its place in our garden. Perhaps one day I'll get my hands on the real hians.
||2' by 2'
||ordinary garden soil
||easy, germinates at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|Martin||Feb 07, 2005||Hi Rob,just to say i am growing this plant in the UK and as far as i know[i`ve done a fair bit of research into Salvias]it is the species `forsskaolii`from
southern europe and eurasia.|
|Robin||Apr 08, 2005||I also believe that this plant is Salvia forsskaolii. For years some seed companies have sold seed, naming it S. hians, and it has turned out to be forsskaolii. The real Salvia hians is not easy to find, sometimes other Chinese species such as S. dolichantha and S. przewalskii are mistaken for it. All are good plants, however.|
|Dan Southard||May 12, 2005||It is indeed forskaohlei, although you have the genus misspelled (not a hard thing to do!). I have long grown this plant and very much like it!|
I researched the spelling, and there is absolutely no concensus on this one. Even GRIN, normally my source for taxonomy, seems wrong on this one... Upon your authority, I've changed my page :-)
|A Carson||Sep 19, 2008|| I am a seed collector for a volunteer group at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and I collected this seed for the first time this year and the label reads Salvia forsskaolii.|
- Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light (no G). Probably bad seed
- Seed from '03 trade. Baggy 65F (80%G, 6-10d)
- Seed from '11 trade. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7-10d)
No light required.
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