Where Commonly Found: Meadow, fields and disturbed areas, NY, western CT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key for Salvia azurea.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s description of Salvia azurea. Click on more images.
Flower Type: Whorls of 2-lipped, azure blue flowersm 1/4″ – 1/2″ long, with tubular or bell-shaped, furry, calyxes atop stiff stems.
Flower Time: July to late September
Leaf Arrangement: Clump forming perennials with opposite leaves on a central and ridged, slightly pubescent stem.
Leaf Type: Greyish green lanceolate to obovate leaves, up to 3-4″ long with no basal leaves..
Height: 3′ – 5′
Seed Collection: Nutlets are elliptical, flattened and about 1/8″ long.
Attracts: Bees and Butterflies
Use: Garden or Naturalizing
Light: Full Sun
Hardiness Zone: USDA Zone Map
Soils: Dry to Medium
Notes: Salvia azurea (Blue Sage) is a beautiful blue flowering sage, though watch the hardiness zone(!). Bloom time can be extended by removing spent blooms if plants in moist soil. Noted as deer-resistant by UVM.
Native to: Naturalized in NY, western CT, native in Midwest, Central and Southern US: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).