Blue Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica | Also known as: Brazilian Sage, Giant blue sage, Sapphire sage, Anise-scented sage, Salvia concolor | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It would be difficult not to be taken by Salvia guaranitica. A bushy subshrub with foliage that has a refreshing, light green colour and aniseed scent, it is a highly popular option for borders or in informal gardens. But it is its brilliant blue flowers that it earns its reputation from. Known as the Blue Anise Sage, it offers a magnificent display when producing large, two-lipped blossoms on erect stalks. Plant in moist, modestly fertile or humus-rich soil in a sunny location, and since tender in its early years, it may need shelter and support. For pruning, deadhead faded flowers regularly.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Bushy
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect flower stem
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H12-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and aromatic foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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