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- 1 Salvia sinaloensis Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions
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Salvia sinaloensis (Sinaloan Blue Sage)
Botanical Name: Salvia sinaloensis
Salvia sinaloensis is a low growing plant with a prostrate habit, reaching about 30cm high with a 60cm spread. The spear, or lance shaped leaves are pointed at both ends. They are an attractive deep green with purple tones throughout when the plant is grown in the sun. The 2 cm electric blue flowers are held on an upright stalk extending about 10cm above the leaves. The flowers have been descried as being a true blue and the bluest of all salvias. The rich, bright blue flower has white spots or lines on the lower lip of the flower. The stems and calyces are both hairy and are a lovely deep purple, wine colour that looks almost black. They provide an elegant contrast to the blue flowers which bloom from summer to autumn. The wine coloured calyces stay on the plant after the flower petals fall off.
Salvia sinaloensis is commonly called Sinaloan Blue Sage and may go by other names such as, Sapphire Sage, Sapphire Carpet, Bicolour Sage and Sinaloan Sage. It is very attractive to birds, bees and butterflies wherever it is grown. This salvia’s native habitat is a small area in Mexico, in the state of Sinaloa where it is often found growing in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental range. It was introduced to gardeners in the 1980s.
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.
Sinaloan Blue Sage prefers full sun to part shade, with the purple tone being more common in leaves exposed to sun. When the plant is in too much shade it becomes scraggly, the leaves do not take on the purple colour and it does not flower well. The best combination is often morning sun and afternoon shade, but it may be necessary to experiment in your own garden to find the best position. It has average water requirements and prefers well drained, rich soil. In summer it is best to provide regular water, but not to make the ground damp through overwatering.
A thick clump or dense mat is formed by this fast growing salvia. Although it spreads by runners, the plant is not considered invasive. Propagation is possible by collecting the seed from ripening flower heads. However, it is generally easy to take runners from the edge of the plant and re-plant or pot up for later.
This salvia is cold hardy, but might perform as an annual in very cold areas. This plant is ideal for areas where you want a dense ground cover, pathway edges and garden borders. It also works well in containers. Planting as an understory to larger salvias with contrasting flower colour provides an opportunity to create a dramatic floral display. The electric blue Sinaloan Blue Sage works especially well with Salvias with yellow or lime green flowers. It is a highly recommended plant.
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