Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates very light shade. Also tolerates drought. Appreciates cool evenings.
This clump-forming, compact salvia features numerous, dense, upright, spike-like racemes of tiny, two-lipped, deep violet-blue flowers which rise above gray-green foliage to a height of 18-24". Flowers bloom in May and June and may rebloom sporadically into late summer if faded flowers are promptly cut back. Excellent fresh cut flower. A mint family member which is slightly aromatic when crushed and is attractive to bees and butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1997).
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to leaf spot and rust and sometimes visited by whitefly and scale.
Deep violet-blue color provides excellent contrast in the perennial border. Very effective in combination with pink flowering plants such as old roses and peonies.