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Black and Blue Salvia - Blue Anise Sage

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Black & Blue Salvia - Blue Anise Sage
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Salvia variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

If you are looking for flowering plants that are absolutely sure to draw hummingbirds, Black & Blue Salvia is a "must-have" plant for your garden! A hardy perennial in USDA Zones 7a-10a,  Black & Blue Salvia can be grown in garden beds or containers. In zones north of 7a, you can grow it as an annual or in containers that can be overwintered indoors.  

Salvia Black & Blue, also known as Blue Anise Sage, is a large-growing perennial plant that reaches about 4 to 5 feet in height with an equal spread. Perfectly designed for hummingbirds, the tubular deep cobalt-blue flowers, which look like an opened pelicans beak, are produced in abundance from late spring through early winter. This selection of the hardy salvia differs from the norm in that the calyx (the little cup that holds the open flower) is black instead of the usual green! Hence the name 'Black & Blue'.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, Black & Blue Salvia is ideal for growing in garden beds or large pots, planters and other containers of 18 inches or more in diameter. Plant near patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living spaces where the unusual flowers can be enjoyed from close up, and the hummingbirds feeding too! A fine addition to hummingbird gardens, perennial gardens, wildflower gardens and cottage gardens.




Cultural Preferences

A hardy perennial in USDA Zones 7a-10a, Black & Blue Salvia prefers a moist but well-drained soil and likes full sun to partial shade. Flowering will be heavier and plants more dense with more sun. It is tolerant of short dry periods when growing in the ground however will appreciate an occasional deep soaking when temperatures are high and weather is dry. This plant will let you know when it needs water. If the leaves start wilting, give it a soaking and the plant will perk right back up!



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts for how to plant and care for Salvia plants.




Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Perennial 
Height at Maturity: 36-48" in ground, 24-30" in containers
Width at Maturity: 36-48"
Spacing:  30" for solid hedges or mass plantings
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Deep Cobalt-Blue
Flower Size: 1"
Flowering Period:  May to Frost!
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Emerald Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained, Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Moderately Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit



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