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Salvia reptans West Texas Form Question

May 16 2017 at 7:11 PM
Joni  (Login Yodlei44)
Hummingbirder 2008

This was one of my first Salvias grown in ground & bought from High Country Gardens about 10 years ago. It grew for years & then the mother plant died out but towards the last couple of years, started throwing out some seedlings. Area was too weedy last year to see it but found a plant still alive next to an unknown reddish flowering greggii/microphylla seedling that has also survived (my last "older" one after the death of 'Maraschino' this year). They are both growing too close together & the reptans is in front of some much smaller plants & I know this got to between 3-4' tall.

Question, can it be transplanted without any issues or has anyone moved theirs?

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Elwood, IL
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(Login WardDas)
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Re: Salvia reptans West Texas Form Question

May 16 2017, 8:33 PM 

It certainly is hardy, nine years at the park. While volunteer seedlings appeared none survived very long. By the time it bloomed most hummingbirds had departed.


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Re: Salvia reptans West Texas Form Question

May 17 2017, 6:06 AM 

I startrd out with one that I ordered from Rich Dufresne several years ago and last year i had several babies that I moved to various spots. They seem to have a better transplant survival rate the smaller they are. I have wanted to move my oldest one out of a corner I planted it in but I don't want to lose it so I have let it be. I have one very small clump that I broke off the parent last week while cleaning up dead stems. I stuck it in a pot of soil right away to see if it will make it.

To answer your question Joni, I think it can be hit or miss transplanting this salvia. You might want to cut out a small clump to transplant. That way if it doesn't survive you still have your original plant as insurance.

Ward has much better plants than I do so that is why his doesn't get much or any use. Mine may get a little more use by the juveniles prior to migration plus I do like the fountain like look of it.

USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39

Richard Dufresne
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Hummingbird lover 2013

Re: Salvia reptans West Texas Form Question

May 17 2017, 10:21 AM 

Salvia reptans west Texas form has taproots. This makes sense, because it was collected by Pat McNeal in the Guadelupe Mountains which are located on the east-west border of New Mexico and Texas. The roots are long and narrow. If they build up too much at the bottom of my stock plants, even a repotting may not work. In the wild, their roots have to go deep for moisture, making them a rock garden type of plant.

My friend in western Massachusetts has an old clump that must be about a square yard by now.


Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Salvia reptans West Texas Form Question

May 18 2017, 12:06 PM 

Ours died after a few years, never to be seen again. With our moist, heavy soil, this is not a surprise. I did love the color of the flowers very much though (however, I don't ever remember seeing a hummingbird use it.) Joni, amazing that yours successfully reseeded.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
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