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Salvia, Indigo Spires

Salvia, Indigo Spires

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Salvia, Indigo Spires
Scientific Name:  Salvia x ‘Indigo Spires’

History/general species info: This salvia (sage) is believed to have originated as a garden hybrid between mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea) and Salvia longispicata.

Characteristics:  Small shrub. Evergreen. Perennial. Dark green leaves with foot-long spikes of purplish-blue flowers that are great as cut flowers. Works well as a container plant. 

Native: Yes

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; deadheading the flower stalks encourages fresh blooms. 

Height:  3-4’

Spread: 5’

Light requirement: Sun. Part shade

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, Butterflies.

Links: 

A&M

https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/cutpm.pdf

University of Florida

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp530

 

Photo credit: Ernie Edmonson