Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame

Blue Flame Giant Purple Sage

 

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Exclusive. 24" tall x 24-30" wide. Salvia Blue Flame (Giant Purple Sage) 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. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
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. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. More shipping info Learn More…
SKU HBLM3XX
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Details

Salvia pachyphylla '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. Turn up the heat in your xeriscape with this exclusive High Country Gardens introduction. (cutting propagated) 24" tall x 24-30" wide.
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HBLM3XX
HBLM321 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
84766 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Blue Flame Giant Purple Sage
Botanical Name Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame'
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue, Purple
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 Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Evergreen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance
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 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouse in Colorado. 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.

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4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Accurate instructions (9)
  • Hardy (9)
  • Healthy (8)
  • Fragrant (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (11)
  • Outdoors (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely stunning!

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

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not buy again.

Look good when it arrived, but died after being planted. Planted and took care of it per instructions.

Look good when it arrived, but died after being planted. Planted and took care of it per instructions.

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4.0

Droopy at first - use Yum Yum & Mineral Mix! Don't overwater

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from Westminster, CO

About Me Getting Started

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    These looked at a little droopy at first after planting - new garden soil in Colorado climate. Added Yum Yum Mix and Mineral Boost per High Garden's instructions. Within days they perked up! I would say listen to High Garden's advice to AMEND YOUR SOIL BEFORE PLANTING. No blossoms yet, but I think they will do well with infrequent watering and full sun. As long as they are upright and green, I think I'm on the right track as a novice gardener. :)

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    5.0

    Deer resistant!

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    from Durango, CO

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    I lost A couple of these a few years ago but HC replaced and the ones that made it are doing well. Stay with it because once the make it though a winter they are close to zero maintenance. We have a lot of deer so I take Delight in watching them avoid this plant, completely unprotected. The flowers are long lived and attractive. Hummingbirds visit but not obsessive. They have the same plant at the local botanic gardens and it seems they grow into a medium sized woody shrub with age. Lay off the watering once you are out of the first season. Planted in full sun till 2pm. Have not had any reseeders.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ordered 8 more!

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    from Hermiston, Oregon

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

        I ordered 2 of these last year. Fast shipping, but one looked a bit droopy. Both grew well and bloomed later in the season. They survived the winter, look healthy and have a lot of new growth this spring. They are evergreen, which is a big plus for me. I ordered 8 more today and I am hoping for the same results. Our summers are hot and dry with cold winters and we also have a lot of wind. Our soil is sandy and extremely rocky. Deer roam our property and like to munch on everything. It was difficult to find a beautiful plant to fit all the requirements, but I believe this is the answer.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I Love this plant. It is so pretty.

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        from Palisade, CO.

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          I am using it out by my clothesline to add color and to draw the bees.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Looking forward to purchasing plants again this year!

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          from Denver

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Lightweight

          Cons

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            Plants were healthy and easy to plant.

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            5.0

            Survived and thrived!

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            from Maupin, OR

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Healthy
            • Slow start, but finally 1 plant bloomed. Lovely

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adds nice color to garden, both leaves & blooms
              • Garden

              Added color and interest to garden. Used drip irrigation; slow start but then thrived. Blooms are beautiful and large.

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              2.0

              I would not buy again.

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              from Medford OR

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              • Accurate Instructions

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                Look good when it arrived, but died after being planted. Planted and took care of it per instructions.

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                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pleasant surprise!

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                from Alamogordo NM

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

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                  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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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cool and unusual salvia

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                  from Littleton, CO

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    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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                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Made for tough climates!

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                    from Smith Valley, NV

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Fragrant
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

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                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      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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                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Absolutely stunning!

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                      from Smith Valley, NV

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Fragrant
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

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                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors

                        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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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love this plant!

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                        from Encino,CA

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy

                        Cons

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                          • Garden

                          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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                          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I LOVE this plant!

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                          from Denver, CO

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Long Blooming
                          • Xeric

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              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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                              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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