North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture

"Salvia: A Natural History"
Scott Zona, Ph.D., Botanist

Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum

  • Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Salvia is a genus with something for everyone. Highly diverse in foliage, habit, and flower color, Salvia is garden-worthy on many levels. There are species for pollinators of all types, edible species for the herb garden, hardy shrubs and tender annuals, plants for foliage and plants for flowers—there is a Salvia for all occasions. That the genus is so diverse is not surprising. With over 1,000 species, it is one of the ten largest plant genera in the world. Add to that number the various cultivars and hybrids and you have a protean genus with nearly limitless horticultural potential. Salvia is a cosmopolitan genus with species spread across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, but some parts of the world are richer in Salvia species than others. Two hotspots for Salvia are the eastern Mediterranean/western Asia and Mexico.

flowers of Salvia oxyphora

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Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members, Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students, and online participants; otherwise $5.00.
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