Bog sage

Salvia uliginosa | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A large deciduous perennial shrub, salvia uliginosa can very quickly dominate the view near natural water features, like rivers and lakes, but its dominance does not lessen its impressive impact. Commonly known as bog sage, it grows in dense clumps, producing several thin but strong stems, each with an abundance of slender, lance-shaped, deeply veined and serrated light green leaves. In summer, short floral spikes emerge, each producing a multitude of small, deep blue, bi-lipped blossoms with white stripes at its throat. A vigorous spreader via its underground runners, the bog sage thrives in humus-rich, moist soil in full sun. Pruning away drooping stalks invigorates growth.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H12-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 60 - 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
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years