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Salvia azurea (Pitcher Sage)

Pitcher Sage, Big Blue Sage, Azure Sage, Giant Blue Sage, Blue Sage


Salvia azurea (Pitcher Sage) is a clump-forming, shrubby perennial with beautiful wands of large, 2-lipped, sky blue flowers from midsummer to frost. The elegant flowering spikes are borne atop sturdy stems clad with long, narrow, grayish-green leaves. Hardy, this Salvia features an upright habit until midsummer, but will sprawl over nearby plants when it begins to bloom. Spectacular in the late season 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, in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage. Drought and dry soil tolerant.
  • 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 the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, New York, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, New York, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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