This is the bloom of that withered-looking stalk in the flower bed that I almost cut down. Instead, I let it continue it to grow even though the foliage looked so hideous compared to all the other lilies. It surprised me with the only true cream-white flower out of all of last year’s plantings. It bore three good-sized flowers. No detectable fragrance so I can only assume it is an Asiatic hybrid. I’m not sure if the reflexed petals are due to the condition of the plant or if it has some Oriental or Trumpet in it.
I first caught sight of this beautiful salvia at Gunter’s Greenhouse and Florist in Richardson, TX. I took a lunch break to search out some salvia greggii, but found this salvia microphylla instead. They only had two pots available so I snatched them up immediately. Incidentally, Gunter’s specializes in orchids and they have several greenhouses full of the lovely flower. It’s the only garden center in the D/FW area that I’m aware of that cultivates these flowers.
A few weeks later I was happy to find that Cristina’s Flowers, a garden center off Mapleshade Lane in Dallas, had several quart pots of the salvia for sale, so I happily picked up two more.