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Salvia guaranitica (Blue Anise Sage)

Blue Anise Sage (Salvia Guaranitica)


Blue Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica) is a popular bushy and ornamental sub-shrub featuring showy 2 inches long (5 cm) flowers in intense blue, purple or white, usually with darker purple calyces. Blooming from mid summer to fall to the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies, Salvia guaranitica is easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free and requires low maintenance.

  • Native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, this tender perennial is hardy to zones 8-10 and is generally treated as an annual in cooler areas (if planted in a protected location with winter mulch, the plant might survive a mild winter in zones 6-7).
  • Heat and drought tolerant, it enjoys a lovely foliage, which exudes a soft anise scent when bruised.
  • Growing up to 3-5 feet (90-150 cm), it is ideal at the back of the border and mixes wonderfully with the vibrant, hot colors of other perennials such as Crocosmia and Rudbeckia or annuals (Zinnia). Perfect for containers too!
  • Enjoys full sun or light shade in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Organically rich loam is preferred. Avoid too much shade or the plant might fall over.
  • Deer resistant!
  • May be grown from seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost date or sown directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to promote further blooms and cut back after flowering is over.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 5' (90cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5' (120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60" (120cm - 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 5' (90cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5' (120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60" (120cm - 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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