Meadow sage

Salvia  × sylvestris 'Blue Hill'

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Meadow sage (Salvia  × sylvestris 'Blue Hill')
SAL-vee-ah ex sil-VES-tris
Synonyms:  Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Hill'
Genus:  Salvia
This drought-tolerant perennial bears abundant pure blue flower spikes in early summer and until fall if spent flowers are removed promptly. It forms an erect clump 20 inches tall by 18 inches wide, with wrinkled, softly hairy leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. The flowers are made up of two lips: the upper one forms a hood over whiskery stamens and the lower lip, which itself is wide and toothed. Butterflies love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate drought but prefer moist soils. They may become floppy in hot, humid summers.
Propagation:  Divide in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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