Salvia (Salvia coerulea 'Black and Blue') 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
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: 4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Cobalt blue with black calyxes
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant
Child plants: one child plant

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The All Things Plants Top 25 Salvias and AgastachesThe All Things Plants Top 25 Salvias and Agastaches
September 20, 2014

Let's open Salvias and Agastaches week with a look at the most popular plants in the database. 'Black and Blue', 'Golden Jubilee', and 'Hot Lips' top the list, of course.

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'Black and Blue' was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 5, 2015.

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Location: NJDate: 2011-07-20
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Location: NJDate: 2012-08-03had to post another shot.. just love this plant!!!
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2012-05-31
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Date: 2011-09-11#pollination
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-08-31gulf fritillary butterflies
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2014-11-05Underground structures
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2013-05-22
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2012-05-31
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Location: NJDate: Jun 6, 2011 7:10 PM
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Date: 2011-10-02
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-07-04
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Location: Cherokee County Master Gardener demo garden Jacksonville, TXDate: May 17, 2011
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Location: In my Mom's gardenDate: 2008-07-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-14
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Location: The ParkDate: 2014-10-05
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Location: western OregonDate: spring 2015
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Location: Glendale, ArizonaDate: 2016-04-12
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2018-04-08
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-07-04
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Location: In my garden
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2010-06-01
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2012-05-31
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2013-10-13
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2014-07-17
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: June
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-06-16
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2007-06-29Photo taken at night. The flash washed out the deep blue color of
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Location: Grantville, Georgia
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2013-06-17Hummingbird favorite
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-10-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-10-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-18
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Location: The ParkDate: 2014-10-05
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2009-10-15
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 5-14-14
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Location: Gardnerville, NevadaDate: 2017-09-16Grown from seed
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Location: Gardnerville, NevadaDate: 2017-09-29
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Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5a) on Sep 19, 2014 6:27 PM

I plant this every year because it is a hummingbird magnet. They prefer it over the nectar in the feeder. It's such a gorgeous plant. In our zone it does slightly better in a little light shade: The plants seem to grow larger and flower more heavily. It keeps producing flowers until frost, which is a great advantage in the late season garden.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 17, 2018 4:49 PM

Mine has its 1st flowers of 2018 now, on June 15th. They are a beautiful blue rarely seen in the plant world! I grow it in a large pot in morning sun, but with filtered afternoon light. They fainted every afternoon in full sun no matter how much water they got. They will bloom most of the summer on new growth. I bring them back and forth in my garage in winter when temps drop below 38*, but put them back out on mild days because our zone 9 winters aren't too bad. They are hardy with no noticeable diseases. Only an occasional snail nibbles on the leaves until I find and destroy it.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 30, 2011 3:50 PM

Not perennial here in my garden on the north shore Long Island, New York in zone 6/7. It is such a stunning flower with the contrast in the blue flowers that I buy it new and plant it each spring. Very attractive to hummingbirds.

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jul 4, 2012 4:42 PM

One of my favorite salvias for both general garden beauty and attracting hummingbirds. Very eye-catching and will sometimes overwinter in the Chicago area. A favorite!

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 17, 2013 10:00 PM

Salvia 'Black and Blue' is a wonderful plant that attracts the hummers! They love the flowers!

Beautiful color of blue!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 26, 2014 5:38 AM

Anise-scented Sage (Salvia coerulea 'Black and Blue') is native to South America and is listed as variously hardy in different sources to zone 7a, 7b, or 8a. It is marginally hardy in my zone 7a garden, surviving mild winters but not harsher winters. Its striking deep blue blossoms are a standout in any garden, and the hummers and bees enjoy it. Mine does well in part sun, with either too much or too little sun affecting its ability to bloom.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 14, 2018 4:06 AM

I've grown this Salvia for about five years now. It is very happy in my warmest garden which may be zone 8 due to southern exposure and the house wall behind. There it blooms well in full sun and spreads every year. It grows roots along just below the surface and odd, woody tubers. It also lived in average sites here which should be about zone 7, and in some shade, but may not spread or persist long term. I tried storing some tubers dry in the basement but they did not regrow come spring. Tubers do no look like they can be cut apart like potatoes to grow, but rather seem to need to keep the stem they have. Watch bumblebees visit and bite the base of the flower to steal nectar.

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Plant Events from our members
chelle On November 5, 2014 Winterized
(4) Clipped, dried, bagged and stored.
fstins1 On April 22, 2015 Obtained plant
piksihk On June 16, 2018 Bloomed
WG frt bed
piksihk On July 31, 2017 Bloomed
Two plants few blooms
lovesblooms On July 23, 2015 Bloomed
MunchkinsMom On March 1, 2017 Plant emerged
Date approximate, leafing out
MunchkinsMom On October 12, 2016 Deadheaded
MunchkinsMom On September 1, 2016 Bloomed
Beautiful color, but I think I like 'Amistad' better.
MunchkinsMom On March 29, 2016 Transplanted
Front Semi-Circle, from 2 1/2" pot, leafing out, about 2 1/2" tall
MunchkinsMom On October 30, 2015 Obtained plant
Dogwooderitternet eBay Cut back - Dormant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Anise-scented Sage (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue') with hummingbird by CDsSister Oct 4, 2015 2:41 AM 16
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Salvia 'Rhythm and Blues' by Marilyn Nov 18, 2017 12:27 AM 14
longest blooming salvia by sberz Nov 2, 2017 12:02 AM 11
What Are You Getting In 2017? by Marilyn Aug 13, 2017 4:47 PM 38
lifting Salvia guaranitica by DigginDirt Jan 5, 2017 8:20 PM 11
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Growing Salvias in zone 6a by GDJCB Mar 23, 2016 8:52 PM 11
Cutting back Salvia by fstins1 May 31, 2017 9:24 PM 7
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