Gentian Sage, Blue-Flowered Sage, Spreading Blue Sage 'Guanajuato'

Salvia patens

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: patens (PAT-ens) (Info)
Cultivar: Guanajuato
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Lake Elsinore, California

Martinez, California

Richmond, California

Brownstown, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Copperas Cove, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

My first year growing this plant . purchased 4 from high country gardens . Do not know how it will do so planted them in 4 different locations . One in full blazing sun, 2 in partial shade , and one where it will get lots of water . I will post further information as the season progresses and also next year as it is supposed to be a perennial here . Update 6/3/12 got my first bloom huge ! The ones I had planted in full sun have died , But the ones in the flowerbed under my crepe myrtles are thriving . I hope they come back next year!