Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Salvia dorrii, Salvia dorrii subsp. incana, Desert Sage, Gray Ball Sage, Dorr's Sage
|Common Name: Desert Sage, Gray Ball Sage, Dorr's Sage|
Cultivar or Variety: Salvia dorrii subsp. incana
Characteristics of Plant
|syn Salvia dorrii subsp. dorrii|
There is some confusion on the internet about this plant's taxonomy. I was given seeds labeled Salvia incana Lutea (Lutea would indicate yellow flowers, not blue of the attributed parent species), but the specie epithet of incana for Salvia looks suspiciously outdated. Additionally, there is said to be a Salvia dorrii subsp. incana.
I hope it's all right to put this comment here, since even if we may not ascertain proper nomenclature for this one, as a possible subspecies of S. dorrii, there may be enough similarity to warrant this entry.
All details for this entry pertain to Salvia dorrii.
excellent bee plant
lovely, silvery felted leaves
Characteristics: After successfully germinating in my garden from a Feb 2007 wintersowing, this plant suddenly & inexplicably wilted and died. It is known to prefer more arid, less humid conditions than Maryland's - perhaps I should have used more sand and/or vermiculite in the potting soil?
Zone Hardiness up to
Attractive to Wildlife