This perennial produces long spires of large, deep blue flowers from mid-summer to frost. It forms a tall bush 6 feet tall by 2 feet wide that is great for the back of the border. It is drought tolerant because of its unusual, moisture-conserving rhizomes.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSalvias 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 and hummingbirds love them.
CareOutdoors: grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade; it is drought resistant. Indoors: grow in full light with shade from the heat of day; water sparingly in winter
PropagationSow seed of perennials in spring. Divide in spring.
ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.
- Genus : Salvia
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
- Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
- Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest