Salvia arizonica Deep Blue

Deep Blue Arizona Sage

 

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Exclusive. Salvia arizonica ‘Deep Blue’ (Deep Blue Arizona Sage) is a great native plant for planting in the shade, blooming all summer with numerous small, deep blue flowers over rabbit and deer resistant foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84800

Details

8-12" tall x 12-16" wide. Salvia arizonica ‘Deep Blue’ is the solution for color in the shade! This sage blooms all summer with numerous small, deep blue flowers over rabbit- and deer-resistant foliage. A selection of the Arizona Sage native species, ‘Dark Blue’, it is a tenacious, long-lived and easy-care perennial with good cold hardiness. Exclusive.
SKU 84800
Common Name Deep Blue Arizona Sage
Botanical Name Salvia arizonica Deep Blue
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 8-12" tall
Mature Spread 12-16" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10" (with irrigation), 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
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. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

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

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5.0

Have to eat my words--great plant!

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia arizonica Deep Blue:

    This is a revision of a previous review; turns out this plant needs a bit of patience, and growth rate just was extremely variable among plants. 1 still looked dead a full 4-6 weeks after another was in full bloom but the apparently dead one now has made a fast come-back after appearing to have been killed off by a 2-3 day freeze period.

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    1 of of 3 alive

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    from Central TX

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia arizonica Deep Blue:

      Planted according to instructions in partially shaded clay soil with yum yum mix. Only 1 of 3 plants survived a 3 day freeze spell, despite description saying it is cold tolerant. Now I have barren sticks in the ground. Getting tired of HCG plants dying within 2 months or less. Similar thing happened with yarrow from HCG, although 2/3 of those made it, but it's too early to tell if there are buds setting.

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      2.0

      Surviving, but not thriving

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      from Fort Collins, CO

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia arizonica Deep Blue:

          It doesn't seem there are many natives that thrive in dry shade (even bright shade), so I was very excited to give this one a try and ordered two years ago. Unfortunately I received a message that HCG was unable to ship and could substitute Salvia May Night (?!?), which is not native, requires full sun and has a completely different look -- so not at all what I was looking for (I opted for a different plant). Last year my luck was better and I received two of these, but I agree with the prior reviewer. They were small and did not do much of anything in their first season. Both have survived and both put on a tiny bit of foliage and a handful of flowers, but both look more like renegade survivors. Maybe this coming season is when I finally get lucky with this plant?

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          2.0

          So far not so good

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          from Pa

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia arizonica Deep Blue:

              Can't comment on the flower yet as mine has not grown much. I bought 4 of these and one came to me as just a stick pretty much. I planted them all and was hoping the one would come back. After a few weeks 3 are just twigs now and 1 has grown a tiny a bit.

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              5.0

              bloomed all summer the first season!

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              from Terrebonne, OR

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia arizonica Deep Blue:

                Really pretty deep blue, blooms all summer. A hardy plant that works in shade; rare indeed.

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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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