This perennial produces long spires of large, deep blue flowers from midsummer 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; 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