Giant Flowered Purple Sage
Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: pachyphylla (pak-ee-FIL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Flame
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Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Aromatic

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is resistant to deer

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Amesti, California

Copperas Cove, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 10, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

This plant is not for the faint of heart. I have killed seven of them until I finally found a way to make it happy. First large pot , Second sandy gravelly soil, Third no underplanting of any kind! It is from a California so it needs to be dry in summer and wet in winter . only water in summer if absolutely necessary . In our Central Texas humid hot summers it needs excellent air circulation . I will post pictures of it when I get some blooms but the foliage is also very ornamental . If you are a lazy gardener this plant is not for you . This plant must be babied and pampered otherwise you will loose it . The inflorescence is amazing and will get your attention from across the garden !

Negative

On Jun 24, 2010, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have never written a negative about any plant. I found this plant very very hard to grow. I moved it 3 times to trying to make it happy. Maybe I watered it too much...I will try it again. As of now the one and only plant I have is dead. I might purchase another one.

Neutral

On Jun 14, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Site Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame' carefully in zones 5/6. Plant in spring or early summer and give it some water so that it gets established before winter. Needs well draining soil, good air circulation and full sun. Gorgeous plant.