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Robusta is a select form of Salvia dorrii v. incana chosen for its large size, attractive foliage and a massive display of sky-blue flowers in late spring. Easy to grow, the shrub has silver evergreen foliage and is easily grown in any well-drained soil.
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Tips For Growing Salvia
Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.
Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.
Western Salvia include:
To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.
Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.
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More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia dorrii v. incana Robusta:
Planted on steep hillside. 1 1/2 years and it is still small (my experience is that all new world salvias are slower establishing) but it is placed in a challenging spot: full sun, a steep hillside that has coal seams under it and a surface of decomposed coal & soil (clay) mixture. Of the two ordered one is growing (slowly) and one did not make it. HCG cheerfully allowed me a credit for a replacement.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Canon City, CO
A tough attractive plant for the wild dry garden, but won't tolerate wet soil for long. I planted two and lost one during a rainy Spring. It was in clay soil that I had amended, but apparently not well enough. The survivor happened to be in a spot that had a lot of left over builder's sand. In a previous home with sandy soil I had no problems with Salvia dorriis. So, a great plant as long as the soil is gritty enough.
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Plant did not grow for me. Same size now as upon arrival
from Prescott, AZ
Planted in Spring, in raised beds. No growth, no luck.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We sincerely apologize that the Salvia dorrii v. incana Robusta did not meet your expectations. We do understand that there can be many variables in gardening, we are committed to our customers success and stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. As no contact information was provided with your review, please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
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By Native Ken
from Yucca Valley, CA
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I have been gardening for many years, but am in a new location/zone (CA high desert) and am feeling my way along.I had high hopes for salvia dorii, but sadly they did not make it through the first summer, and never really got established.Locally grown salvias from the local nursery fared much better, dying back to the ground under the brief snow, and coming on strong this spring.Disappointed, but will try a different variety this year.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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