Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Medium Blue Blue-Violet White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Herbaceous Silver/Gray
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
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: From softwood cuttings From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Oct 16, 2010, TXgreenjean from Bedford, TX wrote:
This Texas Wildflower blooms early spring until the hot summer, then springs back with an abundance of blue blooms in fall. Cut it back after the first bloom for compact growth. Mine has morning shade, hot afternoon sun and performs beautifully. Drought hardy fool proof plant requiring little water.
On Aug 23, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
More of a purple color close up, but bluish from far back, not as tall as other blue colored salvias, the intense sun here in NC doesn't seem to bother it, so it seems very hardy, but then again it doesnt start blooming for me till much later than all my other blue salvias such as may night, victoria blue, etc, which bloom earlier; starts blooming around the same time as my black and blue salvias, maybe alittle latter, but these black and blues salvia are not mealy cups like these so different leaf and much they are much taller, so this is an early fall one for me. Also, since this doesnt get real tall i'd use it as a border plant like the previous commenter stated. peace. mike
On Feb 23, 2010, ElSapo from San Antonio, TX wrote:
I first came to admire this plant when I saw it in a lot that was being plowed up. Went out & dug up a wheel barrow full & planted it around the garden, mainly as a border plant. With some organic fertilizer & root stimulator it took readily & has become one of my favorite xeric plants!! Excellent drought resistance & beautiful blooms.
On Jan 30, 2010, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is perennial for me, gradually becoming bigger but does not seem to do well with transplanting. THe roots are woody and hard to divide. Prone to downy mildew on lower leaves. Goldfins\ches ove the seeds so I don't shear them as I should to encourage rebloom and fullr growth from below. Pinching in spring may help fullness.
Will self sow but not excessively.
On Apr 22, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant can be found growing natively in Connecticutt,, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. It does best in full sun; however, the drier it is, the more shade the plant can handle. When new basal foliage appears, cut the old flower stems to keep the plants lush. Also, shearing the plant 2 or 3 times a growing season keeps it full and encorages flowering. After the first frost browns the leaves or in mid-winter, prune to 3" from the ground. Butterflies and hummingbirds love the nectar and deer avoid the plant. If the soil is kept too wet, it will become leggy and weak. A cold, moist stratification period is required for germination. This salvia species requires light in order to germinate. It can be propagated by cuttings.
On Feb 28, 2006, bilby1915 from like californian climate Australia wrote:
I grow this in full sun and live in a californian type climate (no rain in summer but i use a watering system). Has any one else experienced brittle woody bits of the plant, lowest down? By deadheading it, i have gotten it to flower from mid spring to autumn and it hasn't finished yet.
I was worried i would lose the plant when the heatwaves struck (four days in a row of 40+ degrees celcius - but it hung in there.
My garden is on a slope, so the plant definately gets well drained.
On Jul 30, 2003, DayBreak from Springfield, MO wrote:
This plant readily self-sows, but usually also survives southwest Missouri winters (in my garden at least). Goldfinches relish the seeds. Their bright yellow plumage contrasted against the blue blossoms is a very beautiful sight!
On Mar 7, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Tender perennial grown as an annual in colder climates. One of the showiest salvias for full sun locations; foliage is gray-green topped with vivid blue spikes of flowers most of the summer and fall. Flowers somewhat resemble lavender, and work well in cottage garden borders. Flowers will be more vivid in areas with cooler summers.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Pine Level, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Cabot, Arkansas Jacumba, California Lake Of The Pines, California Menifee, California Merced, California Rancho Mirage, California Stockton, California Arvada, Colorado Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kenneth City, Florida Macgregor, Florida Merritt Island, Florida North De Land, Florida Sanford, Florida Braselton, Georgia Barbourville, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Dixie Inn, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland Florence, Mississippi Springfield, Missouri Roswell, New Mexico Concord, North Carolina Owasso, Oklahoma Columbia, South Carolina Moncks Corner, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Lebanon, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Austin, Texas (2 reports) Bedford, Texas Belton, Texas Bulverde, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Irving, Texas Kerrville, Texas Lubbock, Texas Mckinney, Texas San Antonio, Texas (3 reports) Sunset Valley, Texas Wells Branch, Texas Henrico, Virginia Johnstown, Wyoming Riverton, Wyoming