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Salvia guaranitica is often confused with:
Salvia 'Amistad' Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Monarda didyma Flowers

Anise-scented Sage Salvia guaranitica

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-uh gwar-uh-NYE-tik-uh
Description

Salvia guarantica is a herbaceous perennial; which blooms from mid-summer to fall and prefers average, evenly moist well-drained soil. It is a tender perennial that is hardy in zones 8-10 but may be grown as annual in cold-winter regions. 'Black and Blue' is hardier than other cultivars and will survive milder winters in zone 7 if well-mulched.

This is a reliable nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds and is seldom damaged by deer.

 

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Herb & Flower Cottage Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Argentina Skies
    Pale blue flowers with a green calyx.
  • ‘Black and Bloom’
  • 'Black and Blue'
    Deep blue petals and a dark purple-black calyx
  • Blue Ensign
    Large medium blue flowers
  • Costa Rica Blue
    Dark violet-blue flowers and yellow-green calyces
  • Omaha
    Variegated form of ‘Costa Rica’ with yellow and green leaves
Argentina Skies, ‘Black and Bloom’, 'Black and Blue', Blue Ensign, Costa Rica Blue, Omaha
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#blue flowers#fall interest#cpp#summer flowers#deer resistant#rhizomes#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Argentina Skies
    Pale blue flowers with a green calyx.
  • ‘Black and Bloom’
  • 'Black and Blue'
    Deep blue petals and a dark purple-black calyx
  • Blue Ensign
    Large medium blue flowers
  • Costa Rica Blue
    Dark violet-blue flowers and yellow-green calyces
  • Omaha
    Variegated form of ‘Costa Rica’ with yellow and green leaves
Argentina Skies, ‘Black and Bloom’, 'Black and Blue', Blue Ensign, Costa Rica Blue, Omaha
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#blue flowers#fall interest#cpp#summer flowers#deer resistant#rhizomes#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    guaranitica
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used by the Guarani Indians of Brazil as a sedative.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Spreading
    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:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are two-lipped: the upper lip forms a hood over the stamens and the lower lip is downward-pointing, wide and toothed.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval, lightly-toothed, dark green leaves (2-5” long) are wrinkled above and pale green below
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat