Salvia azurea var. grandiflora (Pitcher Sage) is a clump-forming, shrubby perennial with beautiful wands of sky blue flowers, up to 12 in. long (30 cm). Blooming from midsummer to frost, the elegant flowering wands are borne on slender stems clad with long, narrow, grayish-green leaves. Hardy, this Salvia enjoys an upright habit until midsummer, but will sprawl over nearby plants when it begins to bloom. Spectacular in the fall garden, this attractive sage is perfect for beds and borders where it will happily mingle with nearby plants.
- Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 2-4 ft. wide (60-120 cm).
- Thrives in full sun or light shade, in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates heat, humidity and drought.
- Great choice for borders, cottage gardens, prairie or naturalized plantings.
- Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds but is ignored by hungry deer.
- Cut back by 1/2 in late spring to keep plants shorter and promote bushiness.
- Native to South-central United states