Salvia patens


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Salvia patens is a tender, tuberous rooted tender perennial from Mexico. It has the most alluring, deep blue flowers. Each flower appears to be split in two, like a gaping mouth. The flowers are so delicate and eye-catching, they will be the talking point of the flower border in late summer and autumn. The leaves are fairly soft and hairy. To propagate, sow seeds in spring and plant out when the danger of frost has passed. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: patens

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: July to September

Reader reviews


Splendid clear blue flowers adored by bees.


I just bought some of the Oxford Blue variety; a really sparkeling blue colour. It isn't my most favourite Salvia. Those are S. Mystic Spires and S. farinacea Victoria.

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