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Color Spires® Crystal Blue Sage

Category:

A dense, bushy variety with stunning spikes of long lasting sky blue flowers; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers

Characteristics

Species:
nemorosa
Other Species Names:
Perennial Salvia, Meadow Sage
Average Landscape Height:
20 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Salvia
Cultivar:
Crystal Blue
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
20 inches
Flower Color:
sky blue
Flower Period:
from mid spring to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Color Spires® Crystal Blue Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of sky blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Color Spires® Crystal Blue Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Color Spires® Crystal Blue Sage will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Color Spires® Crystal Blue Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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