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High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 12, 2001
1:19 PM

Post #15840

I heard this referred to as a Sapphire Salvia, but I'd like the botanical name. Thanks!

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Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 12, 2001
6:50 PM

Post #145430

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


October 13, 2001
4:06 PM

Post #145942

hmm, what is there over 500 species/varieties of Salvia?...Does anyone know?
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 13, 2001
11:37 PM

Post #146118

Am. Gal
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.
Cape May Court House, NJ
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2001
12:12 PM

Post #146350

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
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2001
1:09 PM

Post #147015

Calalily, I believe you're right - it certainly looks like the plant in your photo. Thanks!
Newberry, FL
(Zone 8B)

October 15, 2001
1:35 PM

Post #147030

Hi, norma, i thought guarantica too. cala is a good bet to know those plants! it is a really pretty one.
Petaluma, CA

October 18, 2001
12:10 AM

Post #148739

Might be S.g.'Argentine Skies.'
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 20, 2001
3:23 AM

Post #149897

Too dark for Argentina Skies. It's pale blue.
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2001
1:30 PM

Post #150006

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.
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2001
2:21 PM

Post #150022

So pretty color royal blue lovely flower.
Oakland, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 20, 2001
3:27 PM

Post #150042

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)

Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 21, 2001
10:59 AM

Post #150372

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.
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

October 22, 2001
12:48 AM

Post #150740

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.
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 22, 2001
2:51 PM

Post #151049

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??)

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