Black and Blue Salvia

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Add mystery and drama - and Hummingbirds! The Black and Blue Salva (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'), also known as Meadow Sage and Perennial Sage, is a tall and attractive plant that has an upright growth habit full of aromatic green foliage.

The bi-colored blooms are 3/4 of an inch in size and occur in both spring and well into the autumn. This selection of the Hardy Anise Sage differs from the norm in that the calyx (the little cup that holds the open flower) is black instead of the usual green!

The summer til autumn flowering, dark, denim-blue flower spikes have black bases! They appear to have been made by an artist because of their striking beauty! The bees, butterflies, and Hummingbirds will agree and arrive to admire the tubular blooms and sip nectar! Even Hummingbird Moths (Sphinx Moth) and other beneficial insects will show up too!

Growing 2 feet tall in bloom and up to 2 feet wide, these herbaceous perennial flowers are hardy throughout USDA planting zones 9 to 11, but are wonderful annual accents that grow fast to near full size throughout USDA zones 3 to 8! Deer and rabbits even leave them alone, seldom even having a nibble due to the aromatic foliage!

Planting and Application:

Mix Black and Blue Sage l with other beautiful summer flowering sun-perennials, especially white, bright yellow, and red blooms, and any plant with dark foliage and dark blooms. The green foliage is aromatic when brushed and offsets the dark stems and blooms!

This eye-catching Salvia offers abundant deep-blue, tubular blooms that are an absolute favorite of hummingbirds and feed them all growing season, reblooming until frost. Support your feathered friends by planting groupings and drifts that are low-maintenance, fast-growing, and easy to grow!

Black and Blue is indispensable for your sun garden or containers if you want pretty, bright, flowers to enjoy in the garden and floral arrangements! Tuck into your Container gardens, Cottage Gardens, dark foliage gardens, and Rock Gardens, and are widely adaptable in everything from Xeric to pampered landscapes!

  • Bi-Colored Dark Purple/Denim Blue Blooms With Black Accents
  • Aromatic Green Foliage Mounds
  • Upright Tall Habit With Great Branching
  • Hummingbird & Pollinator-Magnets
  • Tall Specimens, Focal Points, Unique Color, Backdrops & Seasonal Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Grow Perennial Salvia in full sun and well-drained soil for the strongest and showiest display and the most blooms. Adding Nature Hills Root Booster during planting, spring applications of fertilizer, and adding a 3-4 inches of arborist mulch over the soil help hold back the weeds, hold in moisture, and insulate the roots from heat and chill.

Deadhead the blooms as they fade to encourage rebloom until frost, and prune back your entire mound in the very early spring. Salvia are clumping perennials that appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to maintain their vigor. In cooler climates, these plants are fast-growing annuals and grow fast in the sun.

  • Full Sun Perennials
  • Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate Moisture to Low Moisture Needs - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Hardy Perennial Zone 9-11, Annual Accents 3-8
  • Deadhead For Return Blooms & Prune Early Spring
  • Rabbit & Deer-Resistant

Stunning and showy, the unexpected color power combo of the Black and Blue Salvia will invigorate your garden beds and borders every year! Hurry and order these hot-climate perennials will leave you amazed! Order now at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Black and Blue Salvia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11
Growing Zones 9-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 36 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Denim Blue & Black
Foliage Dark Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes