Salvia brevilabra

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BennettNS
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Joined: 2013-03-17
Salvia brevilabra

Has anyone successfully germinated this? If so, can you share your process and experience? I have had seed sitting in pots in warm conditions (pots in baggies) for about a month and a half now with no signs of life. Thanks for your help.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Hello Dorothy, welcome to the NARGS Forum.  I don't have any experience with this particular Chinese Salvia, but found a photo of it; certainly unique with beautiful chocolate red flowers. I wish you eventual success with germination.

The species is found at high elevation (3200-3800 m. Sichuan), indicating it might have a good degree of hardiness.  In Flora of China, the flowers are described as blue-purple, but maybe, like many plants, and some salvia, flower color is variable.

Salvia brevilabra photo:
http://www.robinssalvias.com/htms/brevilabra

Salvia brevilabra in Flora of China:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200020181
...drawing:
http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=3285&flora_id=2

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Glad to see you here on the forum, BennettNS!  Welcome, welcome.

This is all the data I have on Salvias.  Unfortunately, brevilabra isn't listed, but it looks like nearly all should germinate at room temps.
70=70 degreesF
70L=70 with light
70D=70 in dark
d= day
DS= dry seed
OT= outdoor treatment

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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