I heard this referred to as a Sapphire Salvia, but I'd like the botanical name. Thanks!
it could be Salvia patens which only reaches 18 inches
or 'Indigo Spires'which is a hybrid between S farinacea and S longispicata. this plant grows to 5 feet
hmm, what is there over 500 species/varieties of Salvia?...Does anyone know?
It sure looks like guaranitica old fashioned blue. I collect salvias and have this one. It gets about 4-6 feet tall and starts blooming heaviest in the late summer/early fall. Here is a photo of it.http://forsyth.ces.state.nc.us/staff/cmauney/graphics/anisesage.jpg
Calalily that is pretty! How come I don't have that one? Did you ask me about forsythia sage once before? If so e-mail me! sue
Calalily, I believe you're right - it certainly looks like the plant in your photo. Thanks!
Hi, norma, i thought guarantica too. cala is a good bet to know those plants! it is a really pretty one.
Too dark for Argentina Skies. It's pale blue.
Looks like "Blue Anise Sage" - Salvia guaranitica, a Georgia Gold Medal winner in 1995. I have it too and love it, every one that sees it wants it.
Is it at all invasive? If so, it could be Blue Bog Sage (Salvia Uliginosa). You can see a picture of it in the Plant Delights online catalog at:
(It's all the way at the bottom of the page)
HI Norma - I think I have that plant and of course the tag only said "Midnight Blue Salvia" It's a wonderful plant and mine has gotten leggy and over 5 foot high.
I always cut the salvia guaranitica back after the first flush of blooms. I cut it to about a foot high, it reblooms and is bushier and shorter.
Thanks for all the comments, folks! (Been out of town for 4 days and am trying to catch up.)
THGA - I haven't had this very long so I can't tell if it's invasive, though I wouldn't mind if it is! I saw some bog sage at a plant sale recently and it's a little different. Also, I've been told that bog sage needs moist soil and this one's doing well in a sandy area.
Judy - It's good to know that it can get tall. I'll have to follow Calalily's advice and cut it back to prevent legginess (is that a word??)