General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 24-48 inches
Plant Spread: 14-18 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: bluish calyx
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Sterile hybrid. Produces no seed.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PP18,054
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®
Parentage: Irradiation-induced sport of: Indigo Spires
Child plants: one child plant

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Mystic Spires
Cultivar name: 'Balsalmisp'
Common names
  • Sage
  • Salvia
Also sold as:
  • Mystic Spires Blue

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  • Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2011 4:17 AM concerning plant:
    This is a shorter mutation of 'Indigo Spires.' Like 'Indigo Spires', it is sterile due to an odd number of chromosomes and won't produce seed. Because of this, it is very floriferous. It's a very pretty plant that is enjoyed by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

    My Climate: USDA Zone 7b, AHS Heat Zone 7/8, Humid
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Dec 28, 2011 2:02 AM concerning plant:
    I've grown 'Mystic Spires Blue' (also known as, 'Playin' The Blues') both in containers and in the ground. It's an annual for me where I live, so I plant it every year.

    As I look at one of the photos I've posted above and I think back to the previous growing seasons and photos I took of it that were in the ground and in mixed containers and it seems to me that 'Mystic Spires Blue' is happier planted in the ground with a little room to grow or in a container by itself that's big enough and doesn't have to compete for soil, space, water and nutrients with its container neighbors.

    The plants I had in the ground looked great, but if I know I don't have a spot, then I know it will still look good planted in a container!

    The photo I've posted above also is mulched with wood bark and chips that I've added to help keep the moisture in. I know I've planted it with those moisture crystals that are in most potting mixes and that helps during dry spells too.

    'Mystic Spires Blue' is like its bigger sibling, Salvia 'Indigo Spires', but is a lot smaller, more compact, and better suited for smaller gardens. I've planted Salvia 'Indigo Spires' before and had it in the ground and it does take a lot of space during the growing season.
  • Posted by ge1836 (Pittsford NY - Zone 6a) on Oct 7, 2012 7:04 AM concerning plant:
    It's the first year for this plant here. It is so beautiful.The deep indigo blue color just can't be believed. It really does bloom long into the season.

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