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PlantFiles: Salvia, Gentian Sage
Salvia patens 'Blue Angel'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid 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:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cullengeddes On Apr 12, 2013, cullengeddes from Friendship, ME wrote:

I have grown this for several years in midcoast Maine, from seed, have bought seed from Fedco and Swallowtail, easy and the most perfect blue great for bouquets, a must have in my cutting garden

Positive Kim_M On Jun 18, 2012, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I was pleasantly surprised with these plants. I grew them from seed which are very easy to germinate. It has Large blue flowers...larger then most Salvias and it proved to be hardy zone 6b. The tubers survived the winter and the pant emerged again. I even dug tubers up to move them to different locations. When I saw that they had came back up.

Positive annlof On Jan 17, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

I have grown this plant in both Southern California and Maine. In SoCal I treat it as a woody perennial and cut the stems to the ground in winter. Although this plant is often advertised in seed catalogs as an annual, it's actually a tuberous perennial. In Maine, I would dig the tubers in the fall and store them with the dahlia tubers, and replant in the spring. The resulting plants were much bigger than seed-started plants. Salvia patens seems to like rich, moist, soil; sun or part sun; and cool nights. Given these conditions, they should bloom all summer. A beautiful cobalt blue.

Neutral jamie68 On Sep 21, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This sage started out great in my garden, but as summer wore on it had fewer and fewer flowers, and the foliage was not attractive long term like most of the other salvia I grow. They were cut way back or removed mid-July. Very pretty flowers though - (and I do love blue flowers!!), and a very pretty plant until the heat of mid summer.....Maybe Fall will bring a second round of beauty and flowers, we shall see.......

Negative lindanat On Aug 11, 2006, lindanat from Asbury Park, NJ wrote:

I love the color and the shape of the flowers; They looked great throughout the spring.

BUT the plants really had a hard time in all-day sun once it got hot and humid. The leaves and flowers tended to fade and the flowers became more sparse, in spite of my best pruning efforts. I ended up yanking all of them out of my garden at the beginning of July.

Positive lisamr On Oct 17, 2005, lisamr from Roseville, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my favorite salvia's because of the color of the flowers which are blue and have been described as 'true blue'. The flowers are also quite large for a salvia/sage. The leaves are shaped like arrowheads and are a bit fuzzy, I wouldn't describe them as velvety though. The hummingbirds here love this salvia/sage.


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

Camarillo, California
Knights Landing, California
Miranda, California
Roseville, California
Augusta, Georgia
Greenville, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Lenox, Massachusetts
Apex, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Medina, Ohio
Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Vashon, Washington

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