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Salvia macrophylla

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)
Additional cultivar information: (aka Tingo Blue, Peru Blue)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
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Other details:
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 semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral XemaSab On Apr 11, 2012, XemaSab from Redding, CA wrote:

Didn't survive the 17-degree cold snap.

Neutral DDBye On Jun 19, 2011, DDBye from Houston
United States wrote:

Bought it last year, never planted it as did not know much about it. Forgot it in its little pot where I left it in the garden, it survived. I'm planning to plant it but now that I know how big it gets, I'm not sure if I want to, as I don't have the room for a 5'x5' plant! Source for the plant is Annie's Annuals.

Neutral macybee On Dec 7, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Recently identified, this was formerly known as Salvia 'Peru Blue' and Salvia 'Tingo Blue'. A slightly monstrous salvia, this grows here up to 5', but can spread alarmingly, as lax stems will root along the ground. It is frost tender, but sets lots of viable seed, and cuttings root easily. The leaves are huge, and the flower stems are rather small in comparison with the size of the plant. However, the flowers are an exquisite shade of mid-blue, and this alone makes this plant garden-worthy.
(From Robin's Salvias)


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

National City, California
Richmond, California
Westminster, California
Helotes, Texas

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