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Home > Products > Shrubs > Salvia> Salvia Waverly

  Salvia 'Waverly'
 

Salvia Waverly image by Richard Dufresne
 
Every once in a while we need a horticultural mystery to keep us on our toes!

Just what is the correct name for this sage and where did it come from? We started growing this plant in 1995 as Salvia 'Mark's Mystery White' because the late Mark Bartholomew of Hi-Mark nursery had given us the plant the year prior but couldn't recall where it originated. We were notified by Salvia guru Richard Dufresne that the plant surfaced on the East Coast under the name 'San Marcos Lavender'. Richard added that he was sure that it is a Salvia leucantha hybrid. The name 'Waverly' was passed on to us several years ago by someone who recalled seeing this plant tagged as such and believed it originated at Waverly Garden. In 1996 we changed our listing to this, though we could not verify this name. In the Fall 2001 issue of Pacific Horticulture Betsy Clebsch, author of A Book of Salvia: Sages for Every Garden writes that she would like to know the origins of this plant in and article titled "Searching for the Roots of Salvia Waverly". In 2014 we were contacted by a nursery in Italy that noted that this plant is also offered as Salvia hybrid (S. leucantha x S. corrugata) and since the foliage of Salvia corrugata certainly has a similar texture to that of 'Waverly', this parentage seems quite possible. The name 'Waverly' seems to be what most California Nurseries are now calling this plant but if you have any clues about its origin, please Contact Us. - Salviating your response!