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Blue Sage, Pitcher Sage
Scientific Name: Salvia azurea var. grandiflora Kunth
Synonym: Salvia pitcheri
Family: Lamiaceae
Blue Sage, Pitcher Sage (Salvia  azurea var. grandiflora)
Salvia pitcheri, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 129.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-11, 14-24, 27-30
USDA: 5-9

Frost Tolerance: Might need some protection in winter

Sun Exposure: Full sun, tolerates light shade

Origin: Central and eastern USA

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, 3 to 5 feet tall (90-150 cm), 2 to 4 feet spread (60-120 cm); hairy stems; lance-shaped gray-green basal leaves, up to 4 inches long (10 cm), stem leaves smaller.

Watering Needs: Little water in summer

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in early summer, division in the spring or fall

Blooming Habits:
Sky blue flowers, 1 inch long (2.5 cm), on dense terminal spikes, in summer to fall.

Fruiting Habits:

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