(Smokey Jazz Anise-Scented Sage) The dusky black calyxes of Salvia BODACIOUS® ‘Smokey Jazz’ support large flowers shaped like parrot beaks the unique color of boysenberries — a hue between red and purple.
|Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
|Smokey Jazz Anise-Scented Sage
|USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
|7 - 10
|Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
|Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
|Full sun to partial shade
|Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
|Well drained & rich
|Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
|Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
|Patent # This plant is patented, or a patent application has been filed and is pending and may not be propagated, under U.S. Federal Code, Title 35, Part II, Chapter 15 §161 without a license from the patent holder.
|Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
|Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
|3 to 4 feet
|Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
|3 to 4 feet
(Smokey Jazz Anise-Scented Sage) The dusky black calyxes of Salvia BODACIOUS® 'Smokey Jazz' support large flowers shaped like parrot beaks that are a unique boysenberry color - a hue between red and purple. This is a new cultivar of Salvia guaranitica and the first one that we know of to have such reddish blossoms. Its heavily veined, dense foliage is deep green and smells sweet with a hint of licorice-like anise.
Anise-Scented Sages, which generally have flowers in varying shades of blue and purple, are native to Brazil, northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Although most are soft herbaceous perennials, Smokey Jazz is a perennial and subshrub, which means that it combines both soft and woody growth. Like other types of S. guaranitica, Smokey Jazz is an excellent annual where winter temperatures are chilly due to growing rapidly and blooming long. Also, you can store its thick, tuberous dahlia-like roots indoors during winter for spring planting.
Aside from Smokey Jazz's singular flower color, it differs from many types of its species by beginning bloom when smaller and being more compact. It has a tight, rounded habit instead of the usual, loose, open look of these sages that hummingbirds love. Mass it for major drama or let a single plant star in a patio container.
Similar to all S. guaraniticas, Smokey Jazz is heat-tolerant, needs rich, well-drained soil, and loves moisture but can get by with average watering. For best growth, plant it in a location providing full sun to partial shade.
Like Salvia BODACIOUS 'Rhythm and Blues', Salvia BODACIOUS 'Smokey Jazz' was introduced by and is a product of the plant development program at Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery. Together, they are excellent companions in a sage garden. Salvia BODACIOUS 'Smokey Jazz' will become available at retail nurseries in the U.S., the UK, and Europe in 2021. All of us at FBTS, including our resident Anna's Hummingbirds, are buzzing about it.
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