Blue Anise Sage (Salvia coerulea) in the Salvias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia coerulea Accepted
Salvia guaranitica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds

It is blue, but photographs purple

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Blue Anise Sage (Salvia coerulea) was a featured
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-09-07It is blue, but photographs purple
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Location: NW MO - zone 6aDate: 2015-09-29Received and planted July 2015 from quart pot-
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2017-08-08Blue Salvia and Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly 005
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2017-08-18
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Location: NW MO - zone 6aDate: 2015-09-26
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Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Date: 2013-03-30
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-08Growing good! Seeds from Robin’s Seeds
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Location: My garden in northeast TexasDate: 2013-05-20
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
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Location: NW MO - zone 6aDate: 2015-09-29New growth via spreading by runners
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Location: NW MO - zone 6aDate: 2015-09-06
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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Comments:
Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 22, 2011 8:56 AM

Blue Anise Sage is a semi woody perennial in my area. It grows to 3 feet in height in my garden but can attain heights up to 5 feet. Blue Anise Sage prefers full sun but will tolerate a little afternoon shade. It blooms from spring to fall here, freezes to the ground in winter but re-sprouts in spring. It's popular with bees and butterflies and I have seen a hummingbird a time or two visiting this sage. I received seeds of this plant from a gardening friend and love the color it adds to my garden.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 7:50 AM

Rich strong indigo-blue flowers all summer long. Although considered half-hardy by many, it is known to have grown in zone 6 for many years. This plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall in an open, upright manner in full sun and average soil. Rich, true blue, 1-inch, 2-lipped flowers are borne on open racemes over bright kelly green leaves. Even if your climate may be too cool in winter for this sage, you can have it in a sunny garden as an annual. It just may be the truest blue flower there is, and one of the best flowers around for hummingbirds.

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Posted by Avedon (NE Tex - Zone 8a) on May 23, 2013 9:17 PM

This plant conforms to the description in Joy's comments. I have always called this Salvia guaranitica. It is my favorite perennial, dying to the ground in winter and then returning in spring. For us in our climate, it seems to do best with partial shade and it loves water. This has wonderful color and the scented fragrance keeps the deer away. It is the hummingbirds' first choice here as a food source.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 2:33 PM

"Salvia guaranitica (Anise-scented sage, Hummingbird sage) is a species of Salvia native to a wide area of South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.

It is a perennial subshrub growing 4 to 5 feet tall, spreading into a large patch through its spreading roots. The leaves are ovate, 1.6 inches long and nearly as wide, with a fresh mint green color, and an anise scent when crushed. The inflorescence's are up to 9.8 inches long with flowers in various shades of blue, including an uncommonly true blue. In cold regions, flowering begins in mid summer and continues until frost.

Salvia guaranitica is a popular ornamental plant in mild areas. It grows in either full or three quarter sunlight, in well drained soil."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Plant Events from our members
jg0613 On August 15, 2015 Bloomed
Very healthy, growing rapidly with multiple bloom stalks. Date approx.
jg0613 On July 15, 2015 Obtained plant
One plant obtained from order through Gardens in the wood of Grassy Creek. Planted in ground in N fenced section of backyard facing S along chain link fence N end of the section. Date approx.
carlysuko On May 19, 2018 Potted up
Potted my two S. Guarantica var. Violacea seedlings. One is much bigger than the other.
carlysuko On January 28, 2018 Seeds germinated
carlysuko On January 20, 2018 Seeds sown
Sowed some Salvia Guarantica var violacea that I obtained from Robin's Salvias.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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