Top-performing Imp. Mystic Spires announced Texas Superstar

Salvia Mystic Spires and Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Ball FloraPlant

Salvia Mystic Spires and Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Ball FloraPlant

Salvia Mystic Spires Improved has been named the latest Texas Superstar. The decision as to which plants should be highlighted as Texas Superstar is primarily based upon observations made at replicated plots and demonstration trials across the state of Texas (US). Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas Superstar Executive Board member and AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said the improved variety is the result of choosing and propagating better Blue Salvia plants within the original variety. “Mystic Spires Improved is a perennial plant that grows to 18-30 inches and prefers full sun, Pemberton says. “It is a good variety for bedding, containers and perennial borders and shows nicely as a cut flower.”
‘Even better garden performance’
Ball FloraPlant improved its Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’ Mystic Spires Blue for 2018 retail sales to have even better garden performance. “Spent blossoms now naturally fall away for a fresh and attractive look all season long. New Mysty Salvia was bred to be 25-35% less vigorous than Mystic Spires, but with the same great habit, color and heat performance”, the breeder emphasizes.
The photo above by Kris Carlsson, Global Product Manager for Ball FloraPlant, Arroyo Grande, California shows the original Mystic Spires Blue Salvia (left) and Mystic Spires Improved Blue Salvia side-by-side. Pemberton underscores that the improved form sheds dead petals for a cleaner look in the garden and the result is a plant that looks fuller, healthier and more colorful.
Oustanding at trials
Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Salvia Mystic Spires Improved – photo: Colorado State University Trials

Last year Salvia Mystic Spires Improved was announced ‘Best of Category at the 2017 Colorado State University Trials. (jury report: flower display impressive, not only due to the abundant spikes of rich, deep blue flowers but also because they were significantly longer than most other Salvia). At the 2017 trials of the Floriculture Program at Cornell University (US) Salvia Mystic Spires Improved stood out as one of the top-performing plants.