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Easy-to-Grow Group of Sages

If you are looking for a hummingbird's favorite flower, one top species is Salvia guaranitica, which is known for its lavish blue and purple blossoms. Commonly called Anise-Scented Sage, these plants that smell like licorice are native to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

In the wild, Salvia guaranitica is a woodland sage plant growing on the edge of streams in forest clearings. Although it loves water, it does well with an average amount of supplemental watering dependent on local rainfall.

Anise-Scented Sages are also adaptable to a wide variety of soils, including ones without good drainage. As to sun exposure, these heat-tolerant perennials prefer some partial shade but can handle full sun in some locations, such as along coasts. While some varieties are cold hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6, most need warmer winter weather.


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A Community of Anise Scented Sages We Adore:

You might expect the foliage of a plant called Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia guaranitica) to smell robustly like licorice, which shares the same fragrance as anise. Some gardeners detect a hint of licorice after crushing a leaf, but many say the foliage merely smells sweet. These popular sages are native to Brazil where indigenous peoples used their leaves as a medicine. Flowers by the Sea grows many varieties in a wide range of sizes and flower colors

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Properties for plants in the Anise Scented Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Violet Dark Grayish Purple Full sun
Salvia x guaranitica 'Omaha Gold' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Violet Dark Purple Partial shade
Salvia x guaranitica 'Purple Majesty' 4 to 5 feet 3 to 4 feet Deep Purple Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia guaranitica 'Van Remsen' 6 feet plus 6 feet plus Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x guaranitica 'Jean's Purple Passion' 6 feet plus 6 feet plus Deep Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia x guaranitica 'Costa Rica Blue' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Violet Dark Grayish Purple Full sun
Salvia guaranitica 'Blue Ensign' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Blue Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia guaranitica 'Sapphire Blue' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia guaranitica 'Elk Argentina Skies' 5 to 6 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia BODACIOUS 'Rhythm and Blues' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Violet Dark Grayish Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia cuatrecasana x guaranitica 'Elk Magenta' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Deep Purple Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia guaranitica 'Purple Haze' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia COOL Fandango 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia COOL Lavender Blush 4 to 5 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia COOL Lavender Mist 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors