Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame

Blue Flame Giant Purple Sage - 2008 Plant of the Year

 

Exclusive. 24" tall x 24-30" wide. Blue Flame is a selection of a little known native Sage species from the mountains of Southern CA. It has huge 10" tall flower spikes with gas flame blue flowers and glowing rose-pink bracts. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
SKU 84766

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24" tall x 24-30" wide. Turn up the heat in your xeriscape with this exclusive High Country Gardens introduction. Salvia 'Blue Flame' is a selection of the xeric sub-shrub Giant Purple Sage, chosen for its huge, brightly colored 10"+ long flowering spikes. Like a gas flame, the long tubular blue flowers poke through the rose-pink bracts attracting hummingbirds from the entire neighborhood. To help support the huge flower spikes, it's helpful to pinch back the tips of the new shoots in mid-spring to thicken up the plant. This beauty likes full sun, good air circulation and fast draining soil conditions. (cutting propagated)
Associated SKUs
HBLM3XX
HBLM321 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
84766 (Plant - 5" deep pot)
Common Name Blue Flame Giant Purple Sage - 2008 Plant of the Year
Botanical Name Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame'
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread 24-30" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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High Country GardensSalvia pachyphylla Blue Flame
 
5.0

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  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Fragrant (3)
  • Healthy (3)

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5.0

Pleasant surprise!

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from Alamogordo NM

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

    This little baby is gorgeous! The foliage is so different than most salvias and the blooms are stunning. It grew quickly and seems to tolerate the very hottest of weather. I will no doubt want to add more to my garden! Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    Cool and unusual salvia

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    from Littleton, CO

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    • Attractive
    • Fragrant

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

      This salvia is really nice. It has unusual gray "mouse ear" shaped leaves and gorgeous blue purple flowers that attract hummingbirds.

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      5.0

      Made for tough climates!

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      from Smith Valley, NV

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

        Extremely durable; unfazed by drought and wind. Very beautiful long-lasting flowers. Nice silvery foliage. Grows well with hardy cacti and softens the overall look. A wonderful plant. I definitely will get more of these!

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        5.0

        Absolutely stunning!

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        from Smith Valley, NV

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        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

          Made for this climate! Thrives on tough love, wind, infrequent watering. Very beautiful flowers and nice silvery leaves. Will purchase more in the future.

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          5.0

          Love this plant!

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          from Encino,CA

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

            I live in the valley in Los Angeles, where summers are dry and hot. I am not an expert gardener ,but this plant is thriving in my front yard. This summer will be the third summer , and I can't wait to see the espectacular display of purple flowers again. I have underground drip hoses, only a couple of days a week, and supplement with more water in the heat of summer.
            I have no problems or difficulties with this plant at all.

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            5.0

            I LOVE this plant!

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            from Denver, CO

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            • Attractive
            • Long Blooming
            • Xeric

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame:

                I've planted Salvia pachyphylla at the top or mid level of sloping Denver gardens in clay soil (wouldn't plant this at the bottom of a slope as it would probably be too moist), watered only by drip irrigation and mulched by bark. By the second summer the plants were round and covered in August+ with long lasting color. So many xeric plants bloom in the early summer - this plus the Coconino County penstemon provide wonderful late season color. Easily visible from the street, this plant isn't large but makes an impact.

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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