11
June
2012

Salvia ‘Fairy Queen’

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One special crop we have this summer is ‘Fairy Queen’, a new salvia from Fleuroselect. This is a cultivar similar to the Victoria types that you’ve planted before, but this one has a large white dot on the lip and a slightly taller stance at 18 inches. You’ll also find that the bloom is beefier.

So far, we are very impressed with this crop. Here is a photo of an 1801 Landscape tray, and the plant does a good job of filling it out. Right now our crop features nice tight blooms—the color is just coming on.

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Up close you can see that the lip of the flower has a large white dot, so it looks like a bi-color. From a distance, the dot merges with the dark blue to create a light blue hue across the landscape. Pointillist paintings that hang in a museum create this illusion and now we can, too. 

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The species, farinacea, is native to Texas and Mexico, so ‘Fairy Queen’ takes the heat well, is drought-tolerant, and has no real pests or diseases to speak of. It is also a source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, and its long purple stems look dramatic in cut flower vases.

Salvias are great for adding vivid color with a sense of motion in the hot summer months. Consistent bloomers all summer long, they don’t take a break in the middle of the color season like some other crops do. Plus they maintain themselves in the bed, because spent flowers dry up to paper-thin wisps that blow away in the wind.

Are you looking for interesting summer color this season? Do you need some deer or rabbit resistance for a bedding job or for a retail bench? Pull in some trays of ‘Fairy Queen’ and give this crop a shot.

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