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Salvia patens 'De flores gigantes'


(Giant Gentian Sage)  What makes Salvia patens 'De Flores Gigantes' truly giant is the size of its true blue flowers. However, this variety from Argentina is tall as well.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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.
Giant Gentian 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.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
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.
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
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(Giant Gentian Sage)  What makes Salvia patens 'De Flores Gigantes' truly giant is the size of its true blue flowers. However, this variety from Argentina is tall as well.

Other big pluses about Giant Gentian Sage are its extended bloom time and its far greater heat tolerance than any other variety of this species.

However, in hot climates, this sage prefers partial shade. It requires rich, well-drained soil and thrives with average supplemental watering based on your local rainfall.

Gentian Sages began captivating the UK in the mid-19th century following their discovery in Mexico around 1836 by plant explorer Karl Theodor Hartweg. Being New World natives, they appeal to hummingbirds, which are limited to the Western Hemisphere.

By 1867, the then-familiar, blue flowered Salvia patens was considered not only "moderate in price" but also a plant with which few ornamentals could "vie" for "colour." That was the opinion of George W. Johnson and Robert Hogg in their book The Journal of Horticulture Cottage Gardener and County Gentleman

True blue is not a part of the color spectrum that hummingbirds favor, but they do love the rich nectar of the Gentian Sages. To ensure that hummingbirds stop by to tank up, mix Gentians with red flowered species. You'll be glad to know that deer leave most sages alone, including the Gentian group.