Haw Honey

Salvia azurea / Blue Sage (Mint Familiy)

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Blue Sage is best suited for the middle of the garden where it can be supported by other medium sized perennials or grasses. The sky blue flowers will have no trouble standing out in a crowd and are a favorite of bumblebees. This sage also takes well to an early-mid season pruning to encourage a bushier growth habit and more flowers. This is an extra tough species that is well suited for trouble spots with shallow, rocky soil, or clay. Rich soil or fertilizer will encourage flopping. Dies back fully every year and can be late to emerge in the spring. As with most Salvias, leaves are highly aromatic, which acts as a deterrent to deer and rabbit.
Blooms: Blue, 4-6 weeks, July-Sept
Leaves: Green-silver, 1-3’,narrow, simple
Height: 3-5’
Space: 12-18"
Soil: Avg-dry, tolerates rocky, sandy soil
Exposure: Full sun to Part Sun
Fauna: Bumblebees and butterflies, host to a sphinx moth
Seeds: Oblong speckled tan nutlets
Zone: 4-9
Native Status: NC native, rare in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain
Provenance: Haw Honey Nursery collected seeds, original provenance unknown