Salvia 'Marine Blue'
Salvia 'Marine Blue'
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Usually available: All year
Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 60 - 80cm
Position: Full sun
Soil preference: Well drained
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- 1 Salvia Marine Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions
All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers
Botanical Name: Salvia 'Marine Blue'
Salvia Marine Blue is a semi-deciduous, herbaceous plant growing to about 60 high by 60cm in width. It is named for its indigo to dark blue flower spikes, which may reach 40cm long. The individual flowers are quite small, with marked ‘bee lines’ guiding the pollinators into the blossoms. They may bloom for a long period from early summer to late autumn, Nov to April in Australia.
The leaves are small and grey, with a wrinkled and felt like appearance. Depending on the light and viewing angle, the leaves may appear woolly with silver to white tips and a greenish underside. This compact salvia can be used like a ground cover as it does spread a little, with the roots forming a supportive mat. Salvia Marine Blue is best planted where it can be viewed up close.
Marine Blue may sometimes be sold as Indigo Blue, not to be confused with the larger and striking Indigo Spires. There is also a history of dispute about the name and origins of this salvia. One of the parents is the Mexican plant, Salvia chamaedryoides and it is thought that it may be a clone or hybrid of Salvia chamaedryoides isochroma.
Salvia Marine Blue loves a sunny spot and is good in hot conditions. It is considered to be a drought tolerant sage and does not require a lot of water. Having a well drained soil is best, so that there is not too much moisture build up in wet periods. It is also tolerant of cold conditions, and may be semi-deciduous in very cold areas.
As mentioned above, this salvia has spreading roots that create a mat for the plant. This means it does sucker but this is not usually an issue due to the size of the plant. In fact, it is beneficial to the gardener wishing to create a drought tolerant border in a warm sunny location. It is one of the first salvias to bloom and mixes well with pink flowered border plants. This small salvia is generally a good all round plant.
The salvia family has over 900 members with an extensive history as culinary, medicinal and ornamental plants. Ornamental salvias have become collectors items, as gardeners try to find a place in their garden for each and every one. There are salvias that will suit every type of soil and climate. More information on the Salvia genus and Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) may be found on our Common Sage page.
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