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Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: guaranitica (gwar-uh-NYE-tik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Argentine Skies
Additional cultivar information: (aka Argentina Skies)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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


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

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Sep 9, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Not as vigorous as other salvias, wonderful pastel blue flowers. Mine is planted in part sun. Having said that, if this salvia is planted in an area that gets water regularly, it will spread. Just this morning I thinned it out by 50% and it still left me a 4' x 4' patch of this beauty.

Positive pal2k9s On Dec 27, 2006, pal2k9s from Lake Arrowhead, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the spring I planted one four-inch tall 'Argentine Skies' plant in a dry, sunny area of my garden where I couldn't get much to grow. It rewarded me with amazing growth by summer, reaching almost 4 feet tall. The flowers are gorgeous, and the scent of the leaves is amazing. In my garden, 'Argentine Skies' is not as vigorous as 'Black and Blue' and 'Sapphire', but it is a great plant all the same. This plant enjoys a good drink once a week unless it's really hot- then an extra watering or two keeps it happy.

One of my favorite activities is watching all the bees and hummingbirds flock around these plants. It's really funny to see the huge bumblebees try to get to the nectar of these narrow flowers. Many bees 'cheat' to get to the nectar; they make a small hole in the calyx of the flower to get to it. I have enough hummingbirds to ensure pollination of them, though!

Positive garygardener On Feb 26, 2005, garygardener from Nowra
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Argentine Skies performs well in dry conditions, and is not as invasive as the straight species form. The pale blue flowers are an unusual soft color and mix well with pastel shades.


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

Lake Arrowhead, California
Wauchula, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Douglas, Georgia
Gulfport, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Bryan, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fate, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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