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Honeybees and their many relatives make life sweet for us. Without bees many of our favorite foods and flowers would not be available. From apples to ornamentals to zuchinni, we rely on bees for pollination. According to the USDA, one-third of our diet is made possible by insect pollinators, and approximately 80 percent of that pollination is due to bees. By creating a wildlife garden design with long blooming, drought-resistant Salvias and other flowers for bees, home gardeners can provide the nectar and pollen that these tiny pollinators need to survive.

Drought is causing shortages of many flowering plants on which bees survive. Food loss, both through drought and climate change, is one of many factors that bee researchers say is likely contributing to honey bee deaths.

The Haagen-Daz Honey Bee Haven of the University of California, Davis, in July 2014 reported that "few plants show their value as bee plants for hot, dry gardens better than the salvias." UC Davis even includes red-flowering species among its bee favorites, although some bee researchers say that bees mostly can't see reds.

Many factors affect honeybee choices, including markings on flowers that are called "beelines." These marks contain ultra-violet colors that humans can't see. Like lit-up runways, they guide bees to the pollen and nectar they need. Perhaps this characteristic enables bees to access red flowers.

This list offers honey bees' favorite flowers in many colors grown at Flowers by the Sea, one of the nation's best online plant nurseries.

Agastache 'Blue Boa'

Agastache 'Blue Boa'

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Agastache cana 'Sinning'

Agastache cana 'Sinning'

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Agastache x 'Ava'

Agastache x 'Ava'

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Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

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Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

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Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'

Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'

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California Drought Action Pack

California Drought Action Pack

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Centaurea gymnocarpa

Centaurea gymnocarpa

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Echium wildpretii

Echium wildpretii

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Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Gold Angel'

Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Gold Angel'

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Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Silver Angel'

Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Silver Angel'

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Marrubium supinum

Marrubium supinum

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Salvia 'Blue Chiquita'

Salvia 'Blue Chiquita'

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Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'

Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'

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Salvia 'Dara's Choice'

Salvia 'Dara's Choice'

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Salvia 'Fancy Dancer'

Salvia 'Fancy Dancer'

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Salvia 'Silke's Dream'

Salvia 'Silke's Dream'

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Salvia Raspberry Delight®

Salvia Raspberry Delight®

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Salvia VIBE 'Ignition Purple'

Salvia VIBE 'Ignition Purple'

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Salvia apiana

Salvia apiana

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Salvia apiana x clevelandii 'Vicki Romo'

Salvia apiana x clevelandii 'Vicki Romo'

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Salvia arizonica

Salvia arizonica

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Salvia arizonica 'Deep Blue'

Salvia arizonica 'Deep Blue'

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Salvia atropatana

Salvia atropatana

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Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'

Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine'

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Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Springs Silver'

Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Springs Silver'

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Salvia clevelandii 'Whirly Blue'

Salvia clevelandii 'Whirly Blue'

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Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'

Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'

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Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'

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Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'

Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'

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Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'

Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'

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Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

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Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Lavender'

Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Lavender'

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Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Pink'

Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Pink'

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Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red'

Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red'

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Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel White'

Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel White'

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Salvia coccinea 'Vermilion'

Salvia coccinea 'Vermilion'

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Salvia darcyi x microphylla Windwalker®

Salvia darcyi x microphylla Windwalker®

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Salvia elegans

Salvia elegans

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Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'

Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'

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Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon'

Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon'

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Salvia elegans 'Tangerine'

Salvia elegans 'Tangerine'

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Salvia farinacea 'Art's Blue'

Salvia farinacea 'Art's Blue'

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Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction'

Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction'

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Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief'

Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief'

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Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink'

Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink'

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Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer'

Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer'

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Salvia greggii 'Elk Pomegranate'

Salvia greggii 'Elk Pomegranate'

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Salvia greggii 'Flame'

Salvia greggii 'Flame'

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Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

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Salvia greggii 'Grace Pink'

Salvia greggii 'Grace Pink'

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Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

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Salvia greggii 'Lowrey's Peach'

Salvia greggii 'Lowrey's Peach'

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Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple'

Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple'

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Salvia greggii 'Orange Yucca Do'

Salvia greggii 'Orange Yucca Do'

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Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'

Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'

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Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'

Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'

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Salvia greggii 'Salmon'

Salvia greggii 'Salmon'

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Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink'

Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink'

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Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding'

Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding'

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Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'

Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'

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Salvia greggii x karwinskii 'Brent's'

Salvia greggii x karwinskii 'Brent's'

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Salvia greggii x lemmonii 'Raspberry Royale'

Salvia greggii x lemmonii 'Raspberry Royale'

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Salvia haematodes

Salvia haematodes

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Salvia hierosolymitana

Salvia hierosolymitana

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Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Pink'

Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Pink'

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Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Rose'

Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Rose'

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Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro'

Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro'

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Salvia lycioides x greggii 'Ultra Violet'

Salvia lycioides x greggii 'Ultra Violet'

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Salvia mellifera

Salvia mellifera

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Salvia mellifera 'Jade Carpet'

Salvia mellifera 'Jade Carpet'

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Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'

Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'

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Salvia microphylla 'Belize Form'

Salvia microphylla 'Belize Form'

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Salvia microphylla 'Berkeley Barb'

Salvia microphylla 'Berkeley Barb'

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Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child'

Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blast'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blast'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Brilliance'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Brilliance'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glare'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glare'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Radiance'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Radiance'

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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Scorcher'

Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Scorcher'

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Salvia microphylla 'Honey Rose'

Salvia microphylla 'Honey Rose'

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Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

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Salvia microphylla 'Killer Cranberry'

Salvia microphylla 'Killer Cranberry'

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Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'

Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'

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Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

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Salvia microphylla 'Orange Door'

Salvia microphylla 'Orange Door'

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Salvia microphylla 'People's Park'

Salvia microphylla 'People's Park'

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Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet'

Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet'

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Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O' Grady'

Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O' Grady'

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Salvia microphylla 'Royal Bumble'

Salvia microphylla 'Royal Bumble'

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Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

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Salvia microphylla 'Telegraph Avenue'

Salvia microphylla 'Telegraph Avenue'

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Salvia microphylla 'Variegata'

Salvia microphylla 'Variegata'

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Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon'

Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon'

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Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

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Salvia munzii

Salvia munzii

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Salvia nemorosa 'Blau Hügel'

Salvia nemorosa 'Blau Hügel'

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Salvia nemorosa 'Burgundy Candles'

Salvia nemorosa 'Burgundy Candles'

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Salvia nemorosa 'Lyrical Silvertone'

Salvia nemorosa 'Lyrical Silvertone'

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Salvia pitcheri grandiflora

Salvia pitcheri grandiflora

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Salvia praeclara

Salvia praeclara

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Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'

Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'

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Salvia pratensis 'Lapis Lazuli'

Salvia pratensis 'Lapis Lazuli'

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Salvia pseudococcinea

Salvia pseudococcinea

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Salvia reptans

Salvia reptans

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Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire'

Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire'

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Salvia reptans 'Summer Skies'

Salvia reptans 'Summer Skies'

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Salvia sclarea 'Wild Form'

Salvia sclarea 'Wild Form'

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Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont'

Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont'

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Salvia semiatrata

Salvia semiatrata

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Salvia stepposa

Salvia stepposa

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Salvia taraxacifolia

Salvia taraxacifolia

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Salvia transsylvanica

Salvia transsylvanica

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Salvia verticillata

Salvia verticillata

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Salvia x 'Allen Chickering'

Salvia x 'Allen Chickering'

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Salvia x 'Bee's Bliss'

Salvia x 'Bee's Bliss'

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Salvia x 'Celestial Blue'

Salvia x 'Celestial Blue'

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Salvia x 'Christine Yeo'

Salvia x 'Christine Yeo'

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Salvia x 'Elk Bella Rosa'

Salvia x 'Elk Bella Rosa'

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Salvia x 'Elk Blue Moon II'

Salvia x 'Elk Blue Moon II'

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Salvia x 'Elk Bright Eyes'

Salvia x 'Elk Bright Eyes'

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Salvia x 'Elk Buttercup'

Salvia x 'Elk Buttercup'

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Salvia x 'Elk Chantily Lace'

Salvia x 'Elk Chantily Lace'

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Salvia x 'Elk Cotton Candy'

Salvia x 'Elk Cotton Candy'

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Salvia x 'Elk Crimson King'

Salvia x 'Elk Crimson King'

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Salvia x 'Elk Lemon Light'

Salvia x 'Elk Lemon Light'

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Salvia x 'Elk Lush Lavender'

Salvia x 'Elk Lush Lavender'

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Salvia x 'Elk Peach Flambe'

Salvia x 'Elk Peach Flambe'

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Salvia x 'Elk Pink Cloud'

Salvia x 'Elk Pink Cloud'

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Salvia x 'Elk Plum Parfait'

Salvia x 'Elk Plum Parfait'

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Salvia x 'Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow'

Salvia x 'Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow'

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Salvia x 'Elk White Ice'

Salvia x 'Elk White Ice'

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Salvia x 'Gayle Nielson'

Salvia x 'Gayle Nielson'

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Salvia x 'Jean's Jewel'

Salvia x 'Jean's Jewel'

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Salvia x 'John Whittlesey'

Salvia x 'John Whittlesey'

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Salvia x 'Love and Wishes'

Salvia x 'Love and Wishes'

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Salvia x 'Maraschino'

Salvia x 'Maraschino'

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Salvia x 'Nuevo Leon'

Salvia x 'Nuevo Leon'

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Salvia x 'Penny's Smile'

Salvia x 'Penny's Smile'

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Salvia x 'Pozo Blue'

Salvia x 'Pozo Blue'

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Salvia x 'Sally Greenwood'

Salvia x 'Sally Greenwood'

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Salvia x 'Scarlet Spires'

Salvia x 'Scarlet Spires'

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Salvia x 'Starlight'

Salvia x 'Starlight'

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Salvia x guaranitica 'Jean's Purple Passion'

Salvia x guaranitica 'Jean's Purple Passion'

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Salvia x jamensis 'California Sunset'

Salvia x jamensis 'California Sunset'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Caviar'

Salvia x jamensis 'Caviar'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink'

Salvia x jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Full Moon'

Salvia x jamensis 'Full Moon'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Shell Dancer'

Salvia x jamensis 'Shell Dancer'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Tangerine Ballet'

Salvia x jamensis 'Tangerine Ballet'

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Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink'

Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink'

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Texas Drought Action Pack

Texas Drought Action Pack

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