Pitcher sage

Salvia azurea

Photo/Illustration: 
Charles Mann
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Pitcher sage (Salvia azurea)
SAL-vee-ah ah-ZURE-ee-ah
Synonyms:  Salvia pitcheri
Genus:  Salvia
Pitcher sage is a wonderful wildflower found growing over a wide area of the Great Plains. Blooming in late summer and early fall, this perennial is admired for its sky blue flowers and remarkable xeric qualities. This salvia grows to 30 to 36 inches in height, but may be pinched back for bushier growth.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This native has sky blue flowers in late summer and early fall.
Care:  Provide full sun to light shade and any well-drained soil except clay. Pinch the lax stems once or twice in early summer to encourage sturdier growth that will support the blooms.
Propagation:  Take cuttings of newer growth anytime, or divide plants in early spring.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

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

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