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Salvia azurea

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-uh a-ZOOR-ee-uh
Description

Blue sage is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family. It is native to prairies, pastures, and roadsides in central and eastern North America.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nekan'
    larger blue flowers than species; more robust
'Nekan'
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#full sun#blue#drought tolerant#blue flowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#prairie#borders#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nekan'
    larger blue flowers than species; more robust
'Nekan'
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#full sun#blue#drought tolerant#blue flowers#low maintenance#cottage garden#deer resistant#herbaceous perennial#prairie#borders#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    azurea
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South and Central U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    North Carolina south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, shallow rocky soil, deer, dry soil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    granular and mottled, 2-3mm ovoid nutlet containing 1 seed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Insect Pests