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Salvia hians

Salvia hians Photo/Illustration: Lee Anne White


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia hians Genus: Salvia
This short-lived perennial from the Himalayas has scented, hairy leaves and forms a small shrub 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It bears 1.5-inch-long purplish-blue flowers with white lips (called bee lines) from early to late summer. The flowers are clasped by rusty colored calyxes that accent color of the blooms. Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun; this species tolerates alkaline soil. 
Propagation: Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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