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PlantFiles: Salvia Sapphire Blue, Brazilian Sage
Salvia guaranitica 'Sapphire Blue'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: guaranitica (gwar-uh-NYE-tik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sapphire Blue

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Frannyrose On Sep 29, 2011, Frannyrose from Huntington Beach, CA wrote:

I selected this plant solely due to the blue color of it's flower. I planted it in partial sun in a very large pot and as a focal point in a corner of my yard. It requires little care other than watering (not terribly thirsty) and I cut it back during it's blooming season and then rather a hard cut back in late winter for a big new growth in spring. The color always amazes me. It grows about 4 feet tall in it's large pot. Am certain, in the ground, it would be a different story but contained as it is Salvia guaranitica has been one of those perfect plants you hope for.

Neutral coco3 On Sep 26, 2011, coco3 from Vanleer, TN wrote:

I have grown this plant in Clarksville , Tn and have very mixed feelings.The hummingbirds love it but it is extremely invasive in amended light dry soil.It spreads by stolens and even has spread into my lawn.It was sold as an annual here.It comes back every year and has even overtaken my buddleia..

Positive bunkhouse On Jun 9, 2008, bunkhouse from (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hummingbirds LOVE this salvia!


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Huntington Beach, California
Long Beach, California
Ridgecrest, California (2 reports)
San Clemente, California
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
Columbus, Mississippi
Roswell, New Mexico
Davidson, North Carolina
Hampton, South Carolina
Vanleer, Tennessee
Grand Saline, Texas

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