Salvia, Indigo Spires Scientific Name: Salvia x ‘Indigo Spires’ NOTE: No shipping / pickup only
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.
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.