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Salvia patens

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: patens (PAT-ens) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Circe33 On Aug 18, 2011, Circe33 from Biacesa
Italy wrote:

The color is naturally the most well-known advantage of this late-summer bloomer (such a wonderful, clear blue!) But I find that I'm enjoying the shape of the leaves as well...the towers of arrow-shaped blades add a nice texture , look great near my delphinium and echinacea (which tend to look a bit "leggy" without something else growing near). A capricious choice of plant, but now one I'm very glad I made.

Positive debsnature On Oct 13, 2010, debsnature from Hanover, PA wrote:

I grew 4 plants from seed (50% germ. rate) and planted them in our red, white, & blue garden. Because tall red cannas stood behind them, only the one on the southern end grew tall and flowered by August. It had almost full sun, so I moved the others further into the sun. Now all 4 are blooming! This plant makes everyone take notice! I will try to bring these inside for winter in pots by sunny sliding glass doors. Next year we will definitely plant more of these to compliment several other garden areas.

Positive anelson77 On May 12, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I grow this as an annual in Seattle, in full sun, good soil, moderate water. It spreads and blooms more and more profusely from July into fall, until a hard frost kills it. Hummingbirds visit it. Not super showy but the color is divine.

Positive straea On Jun 1, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Uncharacteristically for salvias, this beautiful plant forms a tuber that can be dug and stored over the winter in colder climates like mine. I've had great luck growing this here in full sun in humusy soil or in pots. I've seen others here growing it in large hanging baskets too - beautiful! What a gorgeous plant this is, with flowers the color of the bluest blue sky you can imagine.

Positive Joy On Jan 7, 2007, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This salvia isn't evergreen in my zone 8b garden.
It dies down to the ground after our first really good frost. But it has reliably come back up each spring, though it's a later showing than some.
Super easy plant to grow from seed.

Positive Evert On Oct 20, 2005, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Beautiful true blue flowers, grows big and produces lots of flowers and seeds in the late Summer. Tolerates cold nights quite well.

Positive fluffygrue On Jul 9, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grows well in full sun in thick clay, but won't overwinter in the UK there. You'll need to stop snails devouring the small plants - I find it easier to start them in pots until they're a couple of feet high. But they're absolutely fantastic - such an intense dark blue.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Fast grower, absolutely BLUE flowers, that standout anywhere in the garden.

Positive jkom51 On Sep 9, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Only 1 month old from 1-gallon can but already has grown a third larger. Incredible clear blue flowers really stand out, adds lovely vertical accent as well. Probably likes warmth (No.Cal. just started its 'summer' heat in Sept.), a weekly watering and good drainage (like all sages). Got a second one and hope it will do as well as the first. Will keep posted on how well it does through our rainy winter. It is an evergreen, leaves are a clear green color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Albany, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California
Temecula, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Somerville, Massachusetts
Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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