Blue Sage

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Salvia farinacea

Blue Sage is an easy-to-grow wildflower, a magnet for butterflies, and blooms from late spring until the first frost. Blue sage creates a stunning display of beautiful blue hue's in your garden and is a good choice for beds, edgings, mass plantings, and containers. Hardy to Zone 8.

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Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)

Introduction

Blue sage is a popular ornamental plant that is native to the southwestern United States. It is known for its beautiful blue flowers, which bloom from early summer to frost. Blue sage is a relatively easy plant to grow, and it is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant.

Summary

  • Blue sage is a tall, upright plant that can grow up to 3 feet tall.
  • The leaves are gray-green and have a slightly fuzzy texture.
  • The flowers are blue, purple, or white and are borne in spikes.
  • Blue sage is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • It is also a good choice for xeriscaping.

Why should I plant Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)?

  • Blue sage is a beautiful and versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways.
  • It is a long-blooming plant that will add color to your garden for months.
  • It is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, making it a low-maintenance plant.
  • It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

Some interesting facts about Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)

  • The scientific name for blue sage, Salvia farinacea, means "mealy-leaved sage."
  • The blue flowers of blue sage are edible and can be used to make tea or syrup.
  • Blue sage is a traditional medicinal plant that has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, flu, and sore throats.
  • Blue sage is a popular cut flower and can be used to make bouquets and arrangements.

How do I germinate Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)?

  • Sow blue sage seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost.
  • Plant the seeds in a well-draining potting mix.
  • Keep the soil moist but not wet.
  • The seeds should germinate in 10-15 days.
  • Transplant the seedlings outdoors after the last frost.

Additional Tips

  • Blue sage prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
  • It is drought-tolerant once established, but it will benefit from regular watering during the first year.
  • Blue sage is a relatively pest- and disease-free plant.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.
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Product Details
Salvia farinacea

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Moderate, Low/Moderate, Low
Light:
Full Sun / Partial Shade, Full Sun
Zones:
5, 4, 3, Annual grow in all zones, 6, 7, 10, 9, 8
Growth Cycle:
South Perennial - North Annual, Self Seeding Annual, Perennial, Annual
Soil Type:
Chalky Soil, Saline Soil, Peaty Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Silty Soil, Clay Soil, ALL Tolerant of most soils
Edible:
No
Color:
Blue
Height:
f: Up to 2 Feet, e: Up to 1.5 Feet, g: Up to 3 Feet
Growing Instructions:
Sow indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Sow outside 2 weeks after last frost. Press 2 -3 seeds into soil spacing 1“ apart in rows 12” apart. Germination 10-15 days.
Warnings:
None
Special Features:
Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Butterfiles and Pollinators, Container Growing, Ornamental, Birds and Hummingbirds
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Evergreen
Yes South - No North

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UPC
810071360237
MPN
KL-8M4X-CVR2
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