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Salvia sagittata is often confused with:
Delphinium Delphinium spp.
Native alternative(s) for Salvia sagittata:
Salvia farinacea Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'
Salvia greggii Salvia greggii
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia 'Amistad' Flowers
Melampodium cinereum Melampdium cinereum
Engelmannia peristenia

Salvia sagittata

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-uh saj-ih-TAY-tuh
Description

Arrow Leaf Flowering Sage is blue-flowered salvia in the mint family native to the Andes Mountains in South America.  Its tall stature makes it an excellent choice for the back of a border or bed.  It is resistant to browsing by deer and its attractive to pollinators. Being native to the Andes Mountains, it prefers cooler summers and may have problems with heat and humidity. 

Plant in well-drained high organic soils where this sage will get at least a half a day of full sun and enjoy the flowers from early summer until frost. Water regularly especially during dry spells and mulch around the roots. It is winter hardy to 20 degrees F with protection. In colder areas stem cuttings can be taken inside and rooted and will be ready to plant in spring.

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens. 

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Cottage Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#blue flowers#long bloom time#late spring flowers#early spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#mid-spring flowers#early summer flowers#late summer flowers#border back#flowers early fall
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    sagittata
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in herbal medicine
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Columbia, Peru
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • 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
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Sticky blue inflorescence with 1" lipped flowers that reach 2' above the leaves on dark stems.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Deltoid
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Large, thick arrowhead-shaped leaves are deeply textured, lime-green and woolly on the undersides.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Green wiry stems with hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer