Salvia Playin the Blues

FEATURES

FANCY, yet UNFUSSY.

Beautiful blue flowers all summer long.  As the flowers age, the calyx remains deep-blue after the actual flower falls off, giving the impression that the entire flower stalk remains in flower giving a greater floral presence in the garden.

Award Winner
Fragrant Foliage
Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
Long Blooming
Fall Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant
Attracts:
Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resists:
Deer

CHARACTERISTICS

Plant Type:

Annual

Height Category:

Tall

Garden Height:

24 – 48 Inches

Spacing:

14 – 18 Inches

Spread:

24 – 36 Inches

Flower Colors:

Blue

Purple

Flower Shade:

Blue-purple

Foliage Colors:

Green

Foliage Shade:

Green

Habit:

Upright

Container Role:

Thriller

PLANT NEEDS

Light Requirement:

Part Sun to Sun

Maintenance Category:

Easy

Bloom Time:

Planting To Hard Frost

Hardiness Zones:

7a7b8a8b9a9b10a10b

Water Category:

Average

Soil Fertility Requirement:

Average Soil

Uses:

Container

Cut Flower

Landscape

Mass Planting

Specimen or Focal Point

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Description

Uses Notes:

Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.

Maintenance Notes:

Playin’ The Blues is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost free zones) compact and richly colored it is easy and trouble free. It is sterile so it will not set seed and that means it will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping.

You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers.

Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot or the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.

Playin’ The Blues is a big attractor of bees! They love the sweet nectar in the flowers, so place it accordingly; a bit farther from seating areas if bees are a concern. It is always great to have a plant that will support our native bees!!

Rockin’® Playin’ the Blues® Salvia longispicata x farinacea ‘Balsalmispim’ USPP 29,604