Salvia pratensis 'Indigo' (Meadow Sage)
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Salvia pratensis 'Indigo' (Meadow Sage)

Meadow Sage 'Indigo', Clary 'Indigo, Salvia haematodes 'Indigo', Salvia × sylvestris 'Indigo'


Showy and elegant in bloom, Salvia pratensis 'Indigo' (Meadow Sage) is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with erect stems bearing long terminal spikes of whorled, deep violet-blue flowers with brown calyces. Blooming in early summer, they are borne above the foliage of aromatic, ovate, dark green leaves. Easy to grow and trouble-free, Meadow Sage tolerates heat and humidity. It works well in perennial borders of lightly shaded woodland gardens. Meadow Sage is a an excellent bee, butterfly or hummingbird plant.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun (light shade is tolerated) in light, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils. Do not let the soil dry out.
  • Well-suited to beds and borders, wall-side borders, city gardens, coastal gardenscottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Remove flower spikes as they fade to promote new blooms.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring.
  • Salvia pratensis species is native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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