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Salvia Small Talk: Atmospheric Rivers & Bog Sage

Salvia Small Talk: Atmospheric Rivers & Bog Sage

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Synopsis: Bog Sage is a terrific plant for damp soil and stormy weather, such as powerful "pineapple express" events.

If you live along the Northern California coast, you may have heard the phrases “atmospheric river,” “AR” or “pineapple express.” They are terms that meteorologists use to describe a long, narrow plume of moisture created when a moist mass of air from Hawaii joins forces with a wet air along the coast.

Whammo, zammo! The heavy rainfall from this marriage pours for days and sometimes causes flooding. If you are a Salvia enthusiast caught in the deluge, this is when you say your thanks if you planted water-loving Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa). It is forgiving plant that can tolerate saturated or dry soils. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners love its bright blue flowers. Don’t get caught in a pineapple express zone without one.

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Salvia uliginosa

Salvia uliginosa