Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Floriculture - Plants for Cut Flowers 1

This is the first in a series on plants for cut flower growers that are well adapted to Delaware.

Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha

This short-day blooming salvia produces flowers from late summer until frost. The velvety purple flowers are very eye catching for the fall cut flower market. If you are growing under a high tunnel, they should last until early December if the weather cooperates. This plant also attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Once a plant is established it is easy to propagate additional plants by dividing of the clump. This is a zone 8 plant so to overwinter you will need protection.

Information and photo from the Greenhouse TPM/IPM Weekly Report from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension

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