>>>>>Yes, I have lots. It's very fast-growing and easy to propagate. Seems|
need rich soil, partial shade, and plenty of water. Tolerates min. 45F thru
the winter in a polytunnel here in the UK. I tried it outdoors and it does
well in summer but is mushed by the first frosts. Plants are very brittle
and large ones difficult to repot without main stems snapping off. I've
never had it flower yet, even as a large plant, say 4ft x 4ft. Maybe it
needs to get even bigger? Or maybe doesn't like being confined to a pot.
Chewed a few leaves but they tasteed so foul I gave up before seeing pink
I too would be interested in hearing from anyone that grows it successfully
or has seen it in the wild and can give hints on cultivation.
Kidding aside, its a beautiful and graceful plant. A big quid of leaves is
bitter chewed and held in the mouth to absorb Salvinorin before stomach
acids destroy it, so I've never gone anywhere transdimensionally. It does
make my garden seem larger, but I want to be able to walk out of it. When I
see spathes speaking to me I guess I will know I did too much!
Mine grew well this year in large pots of Fafard soil mix set on the ground
under trees and branch extensively where primary leaf pairs were removed;
much like sweet basil, which I also chew, for meditative purposes. I
figure, where they're happy, the Arisaemas, Epimediums, Dysosmas, and Paris
will do well also. I know, they tell me so ; - ).
According to information on http://www.sagewisdom.org/ and
http://www.sabia.com/salvia/ and other sites, it rarely blooms and almost
never sets seed. Most plants appear to be a single clone that is
artificially propagated by the Mazatec Indians and grows semi-wild in the
highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. My only problems with it are predation by
every sort of garden pest - which love it (nothing seems to want to touch
the flowering tobacco), and trying to root cuttings from the stems which
often break off.
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Well now, that explains a lot about our beloved Bonaventure....
Marc, he probably wants it to hybridize to something else.
(a little sleep deprived and squirrely today)
Isnt that a psychotropic herb used in religious rituals?
Im pretty sure it is...
We wont ask why you want it :)))))))))
BTW, not a main preoccupation, but does anyone out there grow Salvia
Bonaventure W. Magrys