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I wonder if you knowledgeable people could ID this for me. I bought it some years ago now from a village fete plant stall and was told it was a Salvia.But reading online that Salvias have hundreds of different species,I was hoping for something more specific? Slugs and bees love it but it seeds quite readily.
It's Salvia verticillata, might be S. verticillata 'Hannay's Blue'
Many thanks for that Flowerchild I gave one to my sister yesterday that I'd potted up but now I'll be able to giver her the full name.Certainly Hannay's Blue looks very much like the one.
Lucky sister!! These Salvia's even look good after flowering, but can sometimes suffer from powdery mildew. I always cut them back if that happens. And they love their soil dry, very dry even. At least , that's my experience
I'll have to keep an eye out for the mildew but the main problem are the ever present slugs and snails.Not so much this potted one as another I have in the border.Every year it battles its way above the surface to be met by pesky slugs.
The one pictured seeded itself in that pot
I feel quite lucky, my Salvia verticillata (just the species) doesn't get mildew or slug problems. Got it in white and mauve but don't like the white so might exterminate