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Salvia azurea, commonly known as Blue Sage or Pitcher Sage, is a striking perennial prized for its tall spikes of vibrant blue flowers, drought tolerance, and attractiveness to pollinators.


Salvia azurea is a herbaceous perennial that typically grows to heights of 3 to 5 feet tall with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. It features erect stems adorned with lance-shaped, gray-green leaves that provide an attractive backdrop to the stunning flower spikes. From late summer to early fall, the plant produces tall, airy spikes of azure-blue flowers, each with a tubular shape and two prominent stamens. These flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making Blue Sage a valuable addition to pollinator gardens and naturalized landscapes.

Growing Conditions:

- Thrives in well-drained soil with moderate fertility.

- Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

- Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, making it adaptable to a wide range of climates.

- Drought-tolerant once established but benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.



- Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Cut back the plant by one-third in late winter or early spring to promote fresh growth and maintain a tidy appearance.

- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

- Fertilize lightly in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth and flowering.

Wildlife Attraction:

- The vibrant blue flowers of Salvia azurea are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing biodiversity in the garden.

- Provides a nectar source for beneficial insects and pollinators, contributing to the ecological value of the landscape.

- The aromatic foliage may deter deer and other browsing animals, making it a deer-resistant option for gardens and landscapes.

Add vertical interest, vibrant color, and pollinator habitat to your garden with Salvia azurea – a stunning and low-maintenance perennial that's sure to make a statement in any landscape.

Blue Sage, Salvia azurea

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