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Salvia cyanescens

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: cyanescens (sy-an-ES-sens) (Info)
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

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

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Denver, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2008, madamecp from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

(Updated: 02/27/2009.)

I bought this plant at the '07 Denver Botanic Gardens sale, mostly because my daughter picked it for its fluffy velvet-textured leaves. Quite nice they are, we were petting it all Summer!

It bloomed late in '07 (in late Fall! It's flower stalk was broken by heavy snow), and then died down for the Winter. It re-emerged in early Spring, was not at all bothered by Spring snows, and flowered on time. It didn't die down for its 2nd Winter (2008/2009).

Very nice plant, both for the foliage and for the flowers. It can handle heat, drought, winds, and a fair amount of cold (-15 was the coldest temperature it survived through, so far).


On Jan 25, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Germination of this plant has some special requirements which are as follows:

From the 2nd edition of Norman C. Deno's book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice -

a) Sow seed at 70*F in light. Germination will occur about 11% in 3 - 14 days.
b) Seed sown at 70*F in dark had a 2% germination rate.
c) Seed sown at 40*F germinated at 4% in 4 - 8 weeks, and when moved to 70*F, germinated at 18% in 2 - 10 days.
d) 26% of seed germinated via Deno's "outdoor treatment." The outdoor treatment consists basically of putting a pot sown with seed outdoors in the fall for spring germination.

As illustrated above, Deno has determined that germination for Salvia cyanescens is best triggered by light and t... read more