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Useful Tropical Plants

Salvia gesneriiflora

Lindl. & Paxton

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Salvia barbata Sessé & Moc.

Salvia fulgens gesneriiflora (Lindl. & Paxton) Voss

Salvia grandiflora Sessé & Moc.

Common Name:

Salvia gesneriiflora
Cultivated plant at Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, USA
Photograph by: scott.zona
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Salvia gesneriiflora Salvia gesneriiflora

General Information

Salvia gesneriiflora is a herbaceous perennial plant with stems that can become woody, at least at the base. It can grow up to 7.5 metres tall in the wild, but is usually much smaller in cultivation[
678
Title
A Book of Salvias - Sages for Every Garden
Publication
 
Author
Clebsch B.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc.; Oregon.
Year
1997
ISBN
0-88192-369-9
Description
Fairly detailed information on over 100 species of Salvia that are grown as ornamentals.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible flowers. It is often grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

C. America to southern N. America - central and southern Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, where it is usually found at elevations between 2,000 - 3,000 metres. Plants can tolerate occasional temperatures down to about -6°c[
678
Title
A Book of Salvias - Sages for Every Garden
Publication
 
Author
Clebsch B.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc.; Oregon.
Year
1997
ISBN
0-88192-369-9
Description
Fairly detailed information on over 100 species of Salvia that are grown as ornamentals.
].
Grows best in a sunny position with a well-drained soil[
678
Title
A Book of Salvias - Sages for Every Garden
Publication
 
Author
Clebsch B.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc.; Oregon.
Year
1997
ISBN
0-88192-369-9
Description
Fairly detailed information on over 100 species of Salvia that are grown as ornamentals.
].
Plants can be cut back quite severely and will usually resprout freely[
678
Title
A Book of Salvias - Sages for Every Garden
Publication
 
Author
Clebsch B.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc.; Oregon.
Year
1997
ISBN
0-88192-369-9
Description
Fairly detailed information on over 100 species of Salvia that are grown as ornamentals.
].

Edible Uses

Flowers - raw[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Ideal for garnishing or adding to salads[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Sweet, melting and filled with nectar, the large, red, tubular flowers are excellent eaten out of hand[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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