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Salvia durifolia 'Elk Blue' New!




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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.

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(Elk Blue Hard Leaf Sage) Soft baby blue & white flowers in abundance coupled with strong growth make this an ideal new variety for hummingbird gardeners. the specific epitaph, durifolia, means hard leaf.  We don't find the leaf exactly hard but it is lovely and durable.

Grow this outstanding variety in full sun or in a bit of shade in hot climates.  In frost free areas it becomes a shrub, blooming almost year round.  In Zone 8 it is a herbacious perennial that returns strongly in the late spring.  In colder Zones its a good choice for a summer annual.  These flowers are true blue.

It's our bet that this new introduction will become a standard for hummingbird gardens. 

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Common name  
Elk Blue Hard Leaf Sage
USDA Zones  
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)  
36"/36"/36"
Exposure  
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type  
Rich and well drained
Water needs  
Average
Pot size  
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?  
Yes
Our price
10.50


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Exposure

Full sun
Full sun
Heat tolerant
Heat tolerant
Partial shade
Partial shade

Garden Uses

Container plant
Container plant

Growing Habit

8 - 11
8 - 11
36 inches tall
36 inches tall
36 inches wide
36 inches wide
Perennial
Perennial

Water Needs

Average water
Average water
Water loving
Water loving

Blooming Season

Fall blooming
Fall blooming
Summer blooming
Summer blooming

Wildlife

Deer resistant
Deer resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds

Colors

Salvias and their companion plants pop with color. Sweep your eyes from top to the bottom here for an impression of this plant's color combinations. The first row displays blossoms from primary to less dominant shades and includes any contrasting throat color. The second tier is the main hue of leaf-like bracts or calyxes supporting the flowers. Foliage (one or two colors) leafs out in the bottom row.
Primary color - Strong Violet
RHS# 94A






Throat color - Yellowish white - RHS# 155D




Secondary color - Vivid Blue
RHS# 95B



Bract color - Strong Yellowish Green
RHS# 144C

Leaf color - Strong Yellowish Green
RHS# 144B


Second leaf color - Yellowish white
RHS# 155D



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Deciduous or semi-evergreen, soft stem Salvias

These are species whose stems never develop a woody character and that either die to the ground or loose leaves and become unsightly at the end of a growing season. This group includes both hardy and tender types. Many of the tender forms are grown as annuals in cold winter areas.

Pruning is both an art and a science. It takes practice, experience and learning from your mistakes to become a proficient pruner. The pruning information about this plant should be considered as a guideline for getting started. Your particular climate, soils, watering and fertility schedules, sun exposure, space requirements and weather are all factors that influence how and when you choose to prune. We’re providing a starting place for you, and over time you will learn the particularities of this plant in your garden. Don’t be afraid to get started – Salvias, in general, are quick to rebound if inappropriately pruned.

Deadheading – the removal of spent flowers, is a practice that will always benefit the plant’s health and appearance. This can be done at any time. Pruning involves removal of entire stems of spent growth. Becoming "spent" means that flowering stems stop blooming and begin going to seed.

Growing Season Pruning

During the spring and summer, you can completely cut to the ground any stems that have finished blooming and are becoming unsightly.

In mild climate areas, growth can be so rapid that the entire plant becomes messy and spent mid-way through the season. In this case, it can be cut back close to the ground – given a short “haircut”. The result usually is fresh, vigorous new growth and another round of flowering.




Dormant Season Pruning

At the end of the growing season or after the first frost the spent stems can be completely removed, cut to the ground. Often these are a tangled mess, and one can get great satisfaction by cutting them all off. This also facilitates good garden sanitation, and will help to control pests over the winter.


Check the Views from the Garden section of our Everything Salvias Blog for videos that apply to this plant.

  • Salvia amethystina subsp. ampelophylla

    (Amethyst Sage) Growing up to 12 inches long, the triangular basal leaves of Salvia amethystina subsp. ampelophylla are the largest we know among sages. They have long silky hairs on their undersides and are fragrant when bruised.

    Amethyst Sage has deep violet-blue flowers with pronounced white beelines on their lower lips. It is a tall, wide-spreading native of Colombia and Venezuela. In the U.S., this tender perennial grows well as an annual. Give it full sun to partial shade and rich soil that is well drained. Although water-loving, this sage thrives with average supplemental watering based on local conditions.

    British botanist James Edward Smith (1759-1828) named the species in 1790. In 1989, University of Oxford researcher John R.I. Wood and Raymond M. Harley of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens authored the scientific name of this subspecies.

    We are thankful to University of Buenos Aires agronomy professor and plant explorer Rolando Uria, who collected the seed for our plants in the wild.

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  • Salvia BODACIOUS 'Rhythm and Blues'

    (Rhythm and Blues Anise-Scented Sage)  This variety is a far superior version of the older standby 'Black and Blue'.  Easy to grow and rewarding, this hummingbird favorite is our very best Anise Scented Sage.

    Grow this variety as an aromatic border plant in full sun and well drained soil.  It appreciates regular moisture and fertile soil, but can survive moderate stress from shortages of either.  The thick dahlia-like tuberous roots, which survive well into Zone 8, are reliable and long lived.  With moderate preperation for the winter, it is generally Zone 7 hardy, and can survive Zone 6 winters with appropriate care.

    Unlike the herbaceous 'Black & Blue', Rhythm and Blues is semi-woody, and has a much longer blooming season than other varieties.  The strong stems and thick deep green leaves are durable and not prone to breakage.  The flowers are larger and more numerous as well.  Flowers by the Sea is proud to offer this plant for the first time in 2017.

    Due to high demand, we are unable to take orders for delivery before May 15th.

     

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  • Salvia bullulata 'Pale Form'

    (Puckered Sage) Gracefully drooping, the two-tone, pale sky-blue and white blossoms of this shrubby South American sage contrast crisply with apple-green calyxes and stems.

    The mid-green, ovate leaves of Salvia bullulata 'Pale Form' are equally pretty with a pebbly texture and scalloped edges.

    Native to Northern Peru, this sage grows well in areas with mild winters where it sometimes blooms year round. Although it thrives in well-drained soil with average watering based on local conditions, it is also a good solution for planting in moist areas.

    Give this deer-resistant sage full sun to partial shade. It forms an effective groundcover and works well in large containers, in borders and along pathways.
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  • Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

    (Snow Nymph White Tropical Sage) Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees enjoy this award winner, which is an outstanding choice for pure white color from June to autumn. This type of Tropical Sage is generally the first to flower for us.

    Snow Nymph is easy to grow and a great addition to annual flower beds or containers. It prefers rich, well-drained soil and regular watering. Plant it in full sun or partial shade as a tender perennial in mild climates and as an annual elsewhere. Reaching up to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide, this sage is an ideal border plant. Use it where you want to create intense color and attract pollinators.

    This sage belongs in all gardens regardless of zone. We consider it indispensable due to its long bloom, low maintenance and spectacular show, especially mixed with the bright red 'Summer Jewel Red'.

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  • Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Lavender'

    (Summer Jewel Lavender Tropical Sage) Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees enjoy this All American 2016 winner, which is an outstanding choice for dusty lavender purple color from June to autumn. The Summer Jewel varieties of Tropical Sage is generally the first to flower for us.

    Summer Jewel is easy to grow and a great addition to annual flower beds or containers. It prefers rich, well-drained soil and regular watering. Plant it in full sun or partial shade as a tender perennial in mild climates and as an annual elsewhere. . Use it where you want to create intense color and attract pollinators.

    One of our Top 10 Hummingbird Plants, this sage belongs in all gardens regardless of zone. We consider it indispensable due to its long bloom, low maintenance and spectacular show.

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  • Salvia curviflora

    (Pink Tehuacan Sage) Large clusters of big, fuzzy, hot magenta-pink flowers top the elegant foliage of this Mexican sage. It is long blooming beginning in late spring and does well in full sun or partial shade. We want to help spread this rare sage that deserves to be widely planted.

    This is a relatively new plant in cultivation and was collected in the Tehuacan region of Mexico -- the same area where the first wild maize was cultivated. Similar to vegetable garden plants, it likes moisture and rich, well-drained soil. Although its growth can be limited through careful pruning or container planting, this lovely Salvia can reach up to 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide in the ground.

    We highly recommend this plant for use next to an entryway and in a border or woodland-style garden. Thanks to botanist Brent Barnes for the great picture capturing its beauty.
     

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  • Salvia guaranitica 'Elk Argentina Skies'

    (Elk Argentina Skies Anise-Scented Sage)  Developed at FBTS, this new introduction is superior to the old standby, 'Argentina Skies'.  Superior growth and earlier flowering make it a must-have choice for hummingbird gardeners.

    Clear sky blue flowers grace this compact growing variety.  The foliege is deep green and lush as well.  As do some members of this species, it does spread gently by runners.

    We anticipate this replacing the original 'Argentina Skies' variety.

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  • Salvia guaranitica 'Purple Haze'

    (Purple Haze Sage) The very best purple Anise Scented Sage, period - the result of years of careful breeding aimed at developing a reliable, free flowering and easy to grow variety suitable for growing countrywide.

    The other popular purple flowering Salvia guaranitica types are hybrids with tender species as parents.  Purple Haze is a true member of this popular species, making it hardy enough to grow in Zone 6 with winter protection . 

    Compared to 'Jean's Purple Passion' and 'Purple Magesty', 'Purple Haze' is more compact in it's growth, earlier to bloom with the same rich purple color.  We believe it is a superior alternative to both of these older varieties.

    New for 2017.

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  • Salvia macrophylla 'Purple Leaf'

    (Purple Leaf Tall Big Leaf Sage) Bright green on top, the long leaves of this distinctive sage are a dark, furry purple on the undersides. Like the more typical green form of Salvia Macrophylla, this variety has cobalt blue flowers that seem to float in airy clusters on 12-inch-tall branching spikes.

    This fast-growing, herbaceous perennial from Peru is adaptable to full sun and full shade. However, a combination of morning sun and afternoon shade may be more to its liking. Heat tolerant and water-loving, it is an ideal choice for a humid climate such as Florida's. Try it in a container indoors or on a patio. It's also a good choice for borders and background plantings.

    Salvia Macrophylla 'Purple Leaf' grows in a tidy, upright fashion, producing 2-inch-long flowers without pause from summer through early fall. Hummingbirds love it, but deer resist its charms.

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  • Salvia pallida

    (Pale Sage) Powder blue flowers are cupped by lavender calyxes on this lovely yet little-used sage native to moist meadows in Argentina. It is a tall, narrow plant with delightful oval-shaped leaves with scalloped margins.

    Salvia pallida flowers profusely over a long season from late summer into fall. Its flower spikes can reach up to 5 feet tall. This is a most useful plant where a vertical accent is needed. The surprising height and verticality also make this sage a valuable background plant. Translated literally as "Pale Sage," this ethereal plant grows well in full sun to partial shade, and even does well in woodland gardens with morning sun. Give this rare plant regular watering and rich, well-drained soil.

    Thanks go to Andrés González of Palmar, Soriano, Uruguay, who took our catalog photos in situ.

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  • Salvia sagittata

    (Arrowleaf Sage) Brilliant royal blue flowers and unusual foliage attract the eye to Arrowleaf Sage. This large herbaceous perennial is found at elevations up to 10,000 feet in the Cordillera de los Andes of Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

    Sagittata refers to the arrowhead shaped leaves, which are deeply textured, lime-green and woolly on the undersides. The flowers rise up 1 to 2 feet on dark, leafy spikes from summer into fall.

    This sage is adaptable about settings ranging from full sun to partial shade, but needs at least a few hours of strong sunlight daily to bloom well. It also likes well-drained soil that’s high in organic matter, regular watering and a light feeding once or twice a month during rapid growth.

    Arrowleaf Sage's habit of spreading via suckers makes it a good groundcover. However, it needs some partial-shade time to do this. It also works well in perennial borders and containers as well as along pathways.

    For the best shape and most profuse bloom, cut this sage down to its lowest few active growth nodes in March.

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  • Salvia uliginosa ‘Ballon Azul’

    (Dwarf Bog Sage) Intense sky blue flowers with white beelines are set against mid-green foliage in this dwarf Bog Sage that is about half as tall and wide as its parent species when in bloom.

    Salvia uliginosa 'Ballon Azul' has a whimsical appellation combining French and Spanish. German nurseryman Ewald Hügin developed this cultivar, which is as cheerful looking as a blue balloon.

    Highly adaptable, Bog Sages are ideal for the beginning Salvia gardener. They aren't fussy plants, and they aren't tasty to deer. You won't have to invent clever barricades to keep them safe from browsers.

    Give these undemanding sages well-drained soil of almost any kind. Plant them in full sun to partial shade. As their common and scientific names indicate they love water, but they also do well in dry conditions -- a situation in which their stolons spread more slowly.

    Nevertheless, baby your Dwarf Bog Sage a bit with average supplemental watering based on local conditions. After all, in the wild, its parent species is native to the bogs of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

    Normally, Salvia uliginosa is a back-of-border choice. But due to the size of Ballon Azul, its petite yet graceful flower spikes are made for a starring role in the front row. Stoop down, brush its foliage with your hand and enjoy the fragrance. It's also a good plant for a patio container.

    Cold and heat tolerant, this species grows well in regions ranging from the arid Rocky Mountain West to the humid Deep South. Full sun is fine in all but the hottest and most arid environments.

    Hurry up and order! We predict this new addition to our catalog will be as popular as balloons.

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  • Salvia x 'Electric Purple'

    (Electric Purple Sage) Count Salvia x 'Electric Purple' among the best hummingbird flowers. Earlier bloom and sturdier branches are two of the characteristics separating it from Purple Majesty Sage, a close relative in the Anise-Scented Sage (S. guaranitica) Group.

    Foliage is another major difference. Electric Purple Sage has lustrous dark green leaves that are thick and large in comparison to Purple Majesty's smaller, mint green leaves.

    The stronger branches of this sage resist breakage. Its long blooming, royal purple flowers are more numerous and larger than those of its relative.

    Although they are similarly sized mid-height sages, Electric Purple has a tidier, more compact form. Average watering based on local conditions is plenty, but this sage is a water lover similar to other members of its group.

    We think it looks particularly pretty in containers. Don't worry about deer stopping by your patio for a nibble, because they aren't fond of sages.

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Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.


  1. Go tubular. Hummingbirds need tubular flowers that are easy for long, thin beaks to access.
  2. Provide lots of color. Think of yourself as a cafeteria manager who needs to provide many tempting choices in order to attract business. Red, pink, orange and purple sages are particularly powerful hummingbird magnets.
  3. Keep your garden blooming. Plant a variety of Salvias based not only on color but also a broad span of bloom times. Many flower from spring into fall. Others are prolific fountains of nectar for shorter seasons. Numerous winter-blooming species are available for areas that are home to hummingbirds year round.
  4. Grow sages native to the Western Hemisphere. Although hummingbirds will take advantage of many kinds of tubular flowering plants, these tiny birds are native to the Western Hemisphere and prefer flowering plants native to their half of the world.
  5. Select Salvia companion plants. Hummingbirds appreciate a variety of favorite tubular-flowered plants.
  6. Plant hummingbird gardens near cover. Trees and bushes surrounding feeding areas provide protection from predators and chilly, rainy weather.
  7. Don't use pesticides. Insects provide protein for hummingbirds, so don't kill these food sources.
  8. Provide water. Hummingbirds frolic in misters and shallow birdbaths.
  9. Supplement plantings with feeder tubes. Change the sugar water every few days and don't add food coloring. Keep the feeders clean, but don't scrub them with soaps or detergents. Here is more feeder care information.
  10. Read more. Our Everything Salvias Blog offers a number of articles about hummingbirds.
Hey, got any greens?

If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.


  1. Mask smells that deer like with aromatic sages. Deer and other members of the Cervidae family, such as elk, mostly leave Salvias alone. One theory is that they don't like the fragrance or taste of sage chemicals. Strategically planting sages near vegetable gardens or fruit trees -- elixir to deer -- may prevent consumption.
  2. Grow hedges including Salvias. Prickly hedges, including hairy-leafed Salvias and exceptionally thorny roses, can discourage deer from entering your yard. They don't like the mouth-feel of those textures. Tall hedges also hide strawberry beds and other yummy plantings from view.
  3. Don't overplant one species. Grow a variety of Salvias in case local deer take an unexpected liking to one species of sage.
  4. Fence deer out. Install electric fences or 8-foot wood or metal fences around particularly vulnerable areas. Make sure electric fencing is turned on during the peak feeding seasons of early spring and late fall.
  5. Use motion-detection tools. Install outdoor lighting that is activated by movement.
  6. Let the dogs out. Deer are especially wary of large dogs.
  7. Surround and cover. Wrap tough plastic around the trunks of trees that have tasty bark and cover foliage with bird netting when trees and bushes are fruiting.
  8. Change yard ornaments periodically. Objects such as scarecrows, statuary and cordons of monofilament string with strips of shiny foil attached cause deer to shy away.
  9. Make safe choices. Research repellants you plan to use to make sure they aren't poisonous.
  10. Be flexible and ready to share a bit. There is no such thing as a completely deer-resistant garden.