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Violet Sage, Ornamental Meadow Sage, Balkan Clary, Perennial Woodland Sage 'Blue Hill'

Salvia nemorosa

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: nemorosa (nem-or-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Hill
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blauhuegel)
Hybridized by Pagels
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood 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:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Benton, Arkansas

Rogers, Arkansas

Glen Avon, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado (2 reports)

Cordele, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pittsford, New York

Pickerington, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 3, 2014, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I picked this up, along with "Mainacht" from Lowes earlier this year. They are planted side by side in bright shade and both have endured a hailstorm, but this plant is far superior: lots of blooms and attractive foliage. Attracts lots of bees and had a long bloom time without much attention or deadheading.


On May 4, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is easy to grow and tolerates the heat and humidity of my East Texas location without problems. I have found it to have no pests or diseases. It has returned larger than last year, making a nice bushy plant that fills in empty spots and blends nicely with other plants. It stands about 18" tall and about 24" wide. The blue color is absolutely gorgeous and does not fade.


On Nov 13, 2008, kimmy222 from Reading, PA wrote:

It's a blooming machine here in zone 6b. I have Maynight that has a heavy bloom in the spring followed by light blooms throughout the season. Blue Hill is non-stop. I plan on slowly replacing a few of my Maynights with this salvia instead. It's an excellent plant. Highly attractive to butterflies and bees!


On Jun 16, 2008, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

"Blue Hill" Meadow Sage has a very tight, upright habit with vivid blue flowers. This was one of my very first (if not the first) plants showing in spring this year in my Zone 5 garden, which makes me love it even more!
The bees LOVE it. Without fail there are at least 3 on each plant at any given time. Never shows any signs of stress from sun or drought.