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William S.

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California Chia
« on: 2020-02-07, 09:41:02 PM »

I just created an experimental farm network page for this.

Now I realized I've never talked about it here on the new forum.

I guess I consider this one of my top projects even though last year it was reduced to a few tiny unweeded volunteers.

Good chance for volunteers again this year. Would like to make and plant a new area, but not my top priority. Will probably plant at least a tiny patch though.

Basically I found out I could grow Salvia columbariae and Salvia carduacea here in Montana in 2016 when I brought home a seed packet of columbariae from my container garden at my apartment in California. Then I requested from USDA ARS GRIN and purchased just about all available germplasm in 2017.

Found lots of variation in Salvia columbariae.

Basically this is a native pollinator plant that produces edible and healthy seed and can be grown way outside of its range.
« Last Edit: 2020-02-07, 09:46:03 PM by William S. »
Western Montana garden, glacial lake Missoula sediment lacustrian parent material and shallow 7" silty clay loam mollisoil topsoil sometimes with added sand in places. Zone 6A with 100 to 130 frost free days

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Re: California Chia
« Reply #1 on: 2020-02-08, 10:52:36 PM »

William's Salvia columbariae also grows in my garden. It has not naturalized, because my cultivation practices do not favor naturalizing.