Salvia hians

Salvia hians

Photo/Illustration: 
Lee Anne White
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(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.

Overview

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
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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