Sage (Salvia hians) in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray and felty
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Purplish-blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

photo credit: Meneerke Bloem

Sage (Salvia hians) was a featured
Plant of the Day for June 27, 2018.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 27, 2013 10:17 PM

"Salvia hians is a mound forming perennial, native to the Himalayas from Pakistan to Bhutan. It is common in Kashmir, growing at 7,900 to 13,000 feet on open slopes and forests. The plant was described in 1830 by John Forbes Royle, a British botanist living in India who studied the medicinal properties of Himalayan plants.

Salvia hians forms a mound reaching 2 to 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. The leaves are typically lanceolate, slightly hairy, and grow up to 10 inches long. The flowering stems are held well above the foliage, with dusky violet flowers spaced at the end of the stem. The small calyx (less than .5 inches) is very sticky and an unusual dark brownish red color. The flower has a gap between the two lips, described by the specific epithet, hians, which means 'gaping'."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Salvia of the Day: Kashmir Sage (Salvia hians 'Super Elk Strain') by Marilyn Dec 17, 2018 8:33 PM 2
Salvia of the Day: Sage (Salvia hians) by Marilyn Jun 27, 2018 7:15 PM 1
Salvias from seed take two! by jg0613 May 28, 2016 1:55 PM 57
Salvia hians by Gerris2 Jul 19, 2013 2:37 PM 12

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