Pitcher Sage, Wild Blue Sage
Salvia azurea 'Nekan'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: azurea (a-ZOOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Nekan
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Grand Junction, Colorado

Kiowa, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Hebron, Kentucky

Mashpee, Massachusetts

North Tonawanda, New York

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Maineville, Ohio

Levelland, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 15, 2011, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a tough plant and has withstood heat and drought with no problem here in humid z7b NC. As an added bonus, it is more upright and not lanky like the straight species. The hummingbirds visit it occasionally.

Positive

On Mar 22, 2008, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the few hardy Salvias that my hummers use. It is a late season bloomer but it is blooming about the time the southward migration beginns.