(Dot's Delight Bicolor Gentian Sage) This sage turns heads, because its large, white and blue bicolored flowers make it a unique variety of Gentian Sage. Developed in the UK, Dot's Delight is less vigorous and less sun tolerant than other varieties of the species. This is our own tested seed strain of this rare plant.
Dot;s Delight is slow and difficult to propagate vegetatively, so we've developed a seed strain of this variety so that more people can enjoy it. There are minor variations in the flowers, but all are large and bicolor - very close to the original clone.
The flowers, which are 3 inches long similar to those of the Guanajuato and Large Form varieties, bloom mid-summer into fall. Unlike other varieties of Salvia patens, this one has fan-like, palmate leaves.
Dot's Delight can tolerate full sun, but prefers partial shade. It is not as vigorous as some of it's peers, but it is an excellent container choice for a partially shaded spot. We wonder if British horticulturist Graham Stuart Thomas would have loved this variety as much as the parent species. He called Salvia patens "the best plant in cultivation."
Highly recommended by humans and hummingbirds, but not by deer!