Botanical Name: Salvia sinaloensis
Common Name: Sinaloan Blue Sage, Sapphire Salvia
Description: A compact herbaceous perennial sage that grows to 1′ tall and wide, spreading slowly by branches rooting above ground and by stolons underground. The small pleasantly aromatic leaves are lanced-shaped with toothed margins and tinted with purple-bronze when first emerging and even later when grown in sun to part sun. In late spring through fall on upright hairy dark reddish stems appear the small dark blue flowers with a white linear spots on the lower lip. Though there is a hint of violet in the flower color, some consider this one of the “true blue” colored sages. The dark calyx remains an attractive feature after the flowers are spent. Plant in a well drained soil in part sun to part shade, though it is also highly touted for its dependability in part shade. This Salvia responds well to regular summer watering but less water can be applied to established plants, particularly those growing in part shade and can be temperamental in heavy soils if they remain wet in winter so is best with good drainage, a raised planter, or a container. Drought tolerant. Attracts bees and butterflies.
This is such a pretty Salvia!! A reliable choice for borders, containers, and rock gardens. Makes a good small scale groundcover. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Fun Fact: This plant comes from the Mexican state of Sinaloa where it is found growing in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental and this location gives this plant its specific epithet.
This plant in a 1-gallon container is 1′ tall and wide, not including the container.
Hardiness Zones 8 – 11