Salvia, Blue Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage 'Argentine Skies'

Salvia guaranitica

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)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

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

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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

Lancaster, New York

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Bryan, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Fate, Texas

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Tyler, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2017, Susan_Hartwig from Lancaster, NY wrote:

I gave this a positive rating, as it grows in my zone 6a garden in the Buffalo, NY area. I have it up against the South wall of my house, along side Salvia black and blue. It is not as floriferous as the black and blue, but it looks nice together. They both attract hummingbirds. I mulch for hardiness. It has come back reliably for 5 years now. Even after a winter with average 20 F high in February, and a few nights of -10F lows during that month.


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.


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... read more


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.