Synopsis: Some kinds of Salvia flowers make good additions to foods ranging from breads to salads. Growing the Salvias yourself is a good way to avoid toxins.
Edible flowers add unique flavor, color and texture to baked goods, salads, sauces, stir-fry dishes and any number of foods. These include the scarlet blossoms of Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) and the blue, purple, white or pink flowers of Common Sage (Salvia officinalis).
The cooperative extension service of Colorado State University provides a list of edible flowers, but warns that you should only use blossoms from plants untainted by herbicides, pesticides or untreated manure.
CSU notes that edible blossoms should be picked early in the day and used fresh for best flavor. Here is a recipe from About.com for a pesto sauce made with sage flowers and another from Food.com for pound cake with Pineapple Sage blossoms
Amistad is THE perfect salvia--just a wonderful size, and it blooms like crazy, even here in Iowa! Now, if only my ruby-throated hummies would find it. Buying them later in the season, they didn't get the prime pieces of real estate, but I'm sure the little hummingbirds will love it as much as the others--especially once the babies come around for their piece of the pie!
Flowers by the Sea is one of my favorite nurseries; buying plants from them reminds me of kennels that raise puppies in the house as family dogs until they are old enough to sell: these are well loved plants: well grown, well documented, well shipped. Pop them in the ground and stand back. I don't think I've ever had a problem with a plant I've gotten here, even after they've been in my clumsy...
— Katie Percy
FBTS provides detailed plant descriptions making selection decisions easy. The site is well organized so that selection can be made using categories to choose plants that fit your garden/habitat needs. Good healthy plants with strong roots. Good shipping practices. Plants arrived in excellent condition. Many difficult to find varieties can be found here. The hummingbirds, bees and I are very ha...
I ordered two Salvia Amistad from FBTS. The plants arrived in great condition and the soil in the pots was still moist. I set them outside in partial sun to let them "harden" and in a couple of days replanted them in larger containers. They are flourishing and have more than tripled in size with lots and lots of gorgeous purple blooms. My hummingbirds love them! Thanks, FBTS!
— Glenda Hawthorne
I recently decided to overhaul a large sun garden in the front of my new home. After removing all of the existing plants and weeds, I realized that I had quite a bit more space to fill than I originally anticipated. Every gardeners dream! More space! So I began looking for perennials I have wanted for a long time and found FBTS had two kniphofia that were unavailable locally. I had my reservati...
I gloriously pleased with the site and the plants. The plants were HEALTHY large, and three of them were blooming and one had set seed. I couldn't be happier. The species were not the normal salvias and I can't wait for them to get large. There was a difference on one salvia between its description on the site and what conditions were on the tag. I called and they said that it was a new plan...
— Mara Eurich
Ordered 7 plants, 4 different varieties of Salvia. From California to Wisconsin 5 days in a box and these plants looked better than what I can buy locally from a greenhouse. Absolutely gorgeous!!!Thank you Kermit and your team for great service and plants.
— Pete Tinsley
I have been ordering Salvias from Flowers By The Sea for several years now. They are a real treasure! I have not found another nusery with such an amazing selection of species Salvias. All plants always arrive in excellent condition - perfectly packed and packaged and of the perfect size for transfer into the garden. This company has everything covered - a perfectly designed website, with e...
I received my four plants today (that was really fast shipping.) I have been really excited about receiving these. Knowing there are a lot of fraud websites out there, it's hard not to be the least bit skeptical when ordering online. Someone I met online had purchased some plants from here too so I trusted my gut and went ahead. For a second I thought they might not come at all, or they wou...
I just got my first order in from Flowers by the Sea. I was absolutely delighted with my flowers. They were in great shape, larger than I expected and transitioned into my garden nicely. I will be a repeat customer! Thank you!