Salvia azurea (Blue Sage)

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 NY, western CT and Midwest, Central and Southern US:  Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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