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Salvia, Indigo Spires
Salvia, Indigo Spires
Salvia, Indigo Spires

Salvia, Indigo Spires

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Salvia, Indigo Spires
Scientific Name:  Salvia x ‘Indigo Spires’
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History/general species info: Introduced in 1979 by California's Huntingon Botanical Garden as a cross between mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea) and Salvia longispicata. 

Characteristics:  Small shrub. Evergreen. Perennial. Dark green leaves with foot-long spikes of purplish-blue nectar rich are a favorite of hummingbirds and all pollinators. Works well as a container plant. The attractive flowers are almost iridescent in the fall, and they dry quite well and hold their color for flower arrangements. 

Flower: Purple

Planting / Care: Small shrub. Fast growing in sand, loam, clay, and caliche. Deer resistant. Not salt tolerant. Low to medium water requirement once established. To keep it tidy, trim back by a third in warm weather; spring deadheading of the flower stalks encourages fresh blooms. 

Height:  3-4’

Spread: 5’

Light requirement: Sun. Part shade

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies, bees, bumblebees


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Photo credit: Ernie Edmonson