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PlantFiles: Sapphire Salvia, Sinaloa Sage
Salvia sinaloensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: sinaloensis (see-nah-loh-EN-sis) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

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8 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral kjoseph On Jul 13, 2011, kjoseph from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought 2 Salvia sinaloensis plants in 2007 & put them each in two large containers. They bloomed beautifully all summer & fall the first year, but haven't bloomed since. The last two years they got only part sun so I switched them back to full sun this year, but still no blue flowers! They both look very healthy & are full size (2x3). They only thing I haven't tried is repotting.

Positive Marilynbeth On Aug 5, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Gorgeous blue flowers! First time growing it and I love it!

This is an annual for me in zone 6a, but I'd love to have it blooming each year by buying new plants!

Positive Wifeygirl On Apr 1, 2007, Wifeygirl from (Caitlin) Fresno, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this plant! While I noticed most comments here refer to shade, this salvia has thrived admirably in my bed which takes the brunt of full California sun! When it's not blooming, I still love the foliage - the top leaves turn a pretty purple, the lower leaves a nice green. It's a great addition to my garden.

I should also mention that, though it is a perennial, it withstood a weekend of frost here and is still growing admirably - it didn't die back for me.

Neutral ceejaytown On Apr 27, 2006, ceejaytown from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love the electric blue against the foliage color. Striking, even though the flowers are small. Mine comes back each year. Easy to propagate - just stick a cutting in the ground. Very pretty in combination with Blue Daze. I question the last photo in this file, though. I don't think it is sinaloensis. Both the flowers and the foliage are different. Perhaps Salvia farinacea - mealy cup sage?

Positive minphilic On Jul 5, 2005, minphilic from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have to say that this plant is pretty resilient. It was close to its death by the time I got it into the ground this past spring, but now after a few months of rehabilitation its foliage is looking perfect. It is in a bed with mid afternoon shade and is an accent for my growing rosemary. I'm hoping for a second bloom!

Positive Kaufmann On Oct 7, 2003, Kaufmann from GOD's Green Earth
United States (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant -- I have four growing under the shade of a large Live Oak tree that have bloomed all Summer long.

Neutral sailinshoes On Aug 15, 2003, sailinshoes from Independence, KS wrote:

If well mulched this plant will tolerate southern Kansas zone 5/6 winters.

Positive htop On Aug 14, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Texas
I have Sapphire Carpet planted in containers because I have a lot of shade in my yard and I need to move the containers as the sun marches toward the north in the summer and then back to a more southerly direction in the late summer and fall. This allows the plants to always receive morning sun and afternoon filtered shade. Without enough sun, the plants do not exhibit the intense blue flowers nor the beautiful multi-colored foiage. In just filtered shade, they become scraggly. Be sure to plant them in well drained soil and let the soil dry out between waterings.

Positive gailw On Aug 3, 2003, gailw from Augusta, GA wrote:

This plants thrives in Augusta. It is better than 3' tall, does best in a group of two of three. Here it is perrenial. The hummingbirds are wild about it. Color is nice and cool for our hot summers.

Positive Lavanda On Jan 21, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hummingbirds love this plant!

Positive loisbeth On May 3, 2002, loisbeth wrote:

Nice dwarf mounding species with unusual burgundy tinged leaves and intense purple-blue flowers. Performs for us in Texas best with late afternoon shade.

Neutral Floridian On Mar 12, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Sapphire Salvia originates in the Mexican province of Sinaloa and has a low, spreading habit to about 12" high. It has upright flowering stems with intense blue flowers. It flowers early, then again in the fall. Lance-shaped leaves are closely spaced along the stem and new leaves open purplish, aging to green with a gray undertone. This Salvia loves partial shade with regular water and protection from the cold. Cool, dry weather promotes deeper leaf colors. Hardy to 20F.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Corona, California
Fairfield, California
Huntington Beach, California
La Verne, California
Martinez, California
Redlands, California
Roseville, California
Temecula, California
Vallejo, California
Lithia, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Bossier City, Louisiana
Conway, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Allen, Texas
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Bulverde, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Houston, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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