Salvia azurea (Blue Sage)
Also known as Azure sage, Sky Blue Sage or Pitcher Sage.
Blue Sage is a clump-forming perennial sporting azure blue flowers from mid-summer to fall. It is drought-tolerant once established and it may only need watering in an extended drought. It needs good drainage. It typically grows 2-5 ft tall, but can be cut back to half its size in mid –summer to control size and re-invigorate the plant to become bushier with more blooms. It tolerates a range of soil types, including poor soil, but it does not do well in heavy clay.
Blue Sage fits perfectly in a cottage or meadow garden, rock garden, planted en masse or as a focal point. It pairs well with Maximilian Sunflower,various red-flowering sages as well as Shrubby Boneset and ornamental grasses, such as Gulf Muhly, Lindheimer Muhly or Mexican Feather Grass.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part shade|
|Bloom color||Azure blue|
|Bloom time||Mid-summer to fall|
|Mature height||2-5 ft|
|Mature spread||1-3 ft|
|Notes||Needs good drainage. Native bee and bumble bee friendly.|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|
Comment: Very small - just breaking dormancy.