Beekeeping Wednesday : Salvias

by Jacob Cole

Henry Duelberg Salvia

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Its winter right now, a kind of down time for beekeepers, where we plan our spring strategies, and decide if we are going to do anything new. My family also begins to plan our spring garden, research plants, and plans the layout. Since we are members of our local Master Gardeners Association, we are exposed to several incredible plants. One of these is salvia, a native flowering plant. Below is an article I wrote for my Master Gardener class in December about the  Henry Duelberg variety of Salvia.

Have you ever been walking around and seen a plant that you’ve never seen before?  Did you ever think to do a little digging into it, and maybe try to identify it? Well Greg Grant did, and that paid off tremendously. If you have heard of the Henry Duelberg Saliva, you have probably heard its back story as well. When walking through a cemetery, Greg spotted two different colored flowers growing side by side, on the graves of Henry Duelberg and Augusta Duelberg. When he did a little research, he realized that this was a new cultivar of Mealy Cup sage. He quickly patented his find, which turned out to be one of the greatest decisions he made.

Salvias are incredible plants, especially for Texas. They are often drought hardy, and bloom for long periods of time. One great variety is the Mealy cup sage, specifically the Henry Duelberg or Salvia Farinacea cultivar.  Henry Duelberg is great for a number of reasons. One reason is its color. This salvia is blue/purple in color, which is beneficial to honey bees, who see in the ultraviolet spectrum.  Another reason is that it is low maintenance, native which means that is drought resistant, and loves full sun; remember it was found in an old Texas cemetery. It is also a perennial, which means that it will return year after year for several years. It is also not preferred by deer and other browsing animals. It produces large amounts of flowers, and when paired with its mate which is colored white, it can look quite stunning. Butterflies also love salvia, along with other nectar feeding insects.

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Henry Duelberg salvia is a great plant for any gardener, at any level of expertise. Its low maintenance and water needs are great, and it can stand full sun. It will bloom from spring until frost, and will provide many years of beauty. This plant is great if you are planning on planting a Beescape, or just want a beautiful plant.-

salvia comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and grows almost every where. It is a great bee plant, and supplies a ton of pollen and nectar. I hope that you all have a great last month, and can’t wait to see y’all next month. see y’all soon, Jacob

  1. “Salvia Farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’ – Blue Mealy Cup Sage.” Flowers by the Sea. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.
  2. “PLANTanswers: Plant Answers Salvia Farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg'” PLANTanswers: Plant Answers Salvia Farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’ N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.
  3. “‘Henry Duelberg’ Salvia.” Texas Superstar®. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.
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