Mystic Spires Salvia

August 22, 2016 admin

Botanical Name: Salvia longispicata x farinacea ‘Mystic Spires’

Height: 30-40″
Width: 24″
Exposure: Full Sun
Performance: Perennial 
Bloom: Blue (June -October)

Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ is an exceptional perennial for season long color. Adorn landscapes or large mixed containers with the prominent 10” flower stalks of ‘Mystic Spires’. Its deep, true blue flowers provide an excellent nectar source and attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to the garden.
In Indiana, a hybrid believed to be between S. longispicata and S. farinacea, was found at the Huntington Botanical Garden in 1979. Introduced as ‘Indigo Spires’, this large new hybrid yields reliable summer color, but requires far too much summer maintenance for Texas gardeners. Exhausted from pruning and staking flimsy branches of ‘Indigo Spires’ gardeners shifted to its sport, ‘Mystic Spires’. This workhorse is a more compact, well-branched, and sturdy version of the old standby.
Make sure to provide salvia with well drained soil. Once flowers have finished blooming a light trimming can provide a neater appearance, but is not necessary for re-blooming. If the plant appears to be fatigued by intense summer heat refresh it with a heavy prune, and enjoy a new flush of summer color.
Tough as nails, Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ has been honored as a Texas Superstar for providing superior garden performance.