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Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire' (West Texas Grass Sage) is a semi-dwarf form of Salvia reptans selected by the Colorado Plant Select® program that blooms in early fall with a profusion of small cobalt-blue flowers.
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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.
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:
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.
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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.
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Wouldn't survive wet California winters.
from Sonora, CA
Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia reptans Autumn Sapphire:
I tried this twice, wanting a true blue salvia. It wouldn't survive the winter.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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I am so happy with this salvia.
By little old gardener
from Colorado Springs
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I loved this salvia and the deer didn't bother it at all.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Star of my garden
By Agave Jim
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Amazing bloom period and the most notable plant all year. A sow stopper.
By Christine's Garden
from Los Alamos, NM
This is my second review for this plant. Environment:To be clear, it is planted at 7,700 feet in a mountain area that has dryish summers and monsoon afternoons in the fall. When planted in May, I mixed in a little compost, yum yum and planters II when I planted them and then watered in with a mixture of Plant Success, Superthrive, and PGR. We had 90 degree temperatures this summer, so I watered about 20 minutes every other day and was diligent with the moisture meter. Now that fall has arrived, they are getting dumped on rain-wise, pretty much every afternoon. Periodically, I mix Down to Earth Bloom fertilizer into my full rainbarrels and water the garden.Results:Taller that the expected height, I have 5-6 of these guys and they are all about 4 feet tall with lots of arms and blooms. I have Saphire Sage on steroids in only 4 months.I love it. I only wish I would have put them in the back of the garden, instead of the middle, so they won't block my terracotta yarrows.
Lots of growth the first year
I purchased several of these and planted them in May. By mid-July, Many of them are a full two feet tall with lots of vibrant green growth. I have them planted in full sun with a little late afternoon shade. No blooms yet.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Wichita County, Texas
I ordered this salvia from HCG about two or so years ago, and it continually dazzles me with its hardiness and sheer beauty. Today (4/1/17), I already have a nice little mound of spikes coming up from where I planted this specimen. Autumn Sapphire Sage starts blooming later in the summer and continues well into our warm Fall here in North Texas. The photos do not do justice to the intensity and beauty of the blue of these flowers. The stalks are fine and look elegant alongside other more sturdy plants-- they are elegant, yet sturdy and resilient. This plant has largely survived on our sporadic rainfall. I have rarely supplemented the watering, and yet it is a workhorse and keeps coming back and it keeps blooming. Note that my soil is an iron-rich caliche clay type soil, so I wonder if this plant particularly loves having her feet in that stuff. I can't recommend this one enough.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Grew well and reseeded.
from Chama, NM
This sage grew well throughout the summer, making a nice background plant in my terraced south-facing garden. In the fall it bloomed prolifically. I noticed quite a few new plants coming up nearby and was able to transplant some to another garden area--will see if they make it through this winter's cold and snow.
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.
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