Salvia × superba 'Adora Blue'
Common Name: sage 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to September
Bloom Description: Violet-blue
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Dry Soil


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought. Prefers moist, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage. Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this. Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period. Plants may become somewhat floppy and open up as the summer progresses, particularly in humid climates. If plants flop or otherwise depreciate in summer to the point where they look unsightly, consider cutting them back to the basal foliage. In any event, cut plants back after flowering has concluded. Avoid wet soils in winter.

'Adora Blue' may be grown from seed, and is noted for producing a good bloom of flowers from seed in the first year.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Salvia is a genus of over 900 species of annuals, biennials, herbaceous and evergreen perennials and shrubs. They are found worldwide except for hot, tropical areas.

The genus name Salvia comes from the Latin word salveo meaning "to save or heal", in reference to the purported medically curative properties attributed to some plants in the genus.

Specific epithet means superb.

‘Adora Blue’ is an erect, clump-forming, fibrous-rooted, hybrid perennial sage that is noted for its evenly branched form, showy flowers and long summer bloom. It typically grows in a foliage mound to 12-15" tall with a 12" spread. In May-June, hooded, tubular, deep violet blue flowers in dense terminal spikes bloom atop multiple upright flowering stems rising to 30” tall. Flowering often continues well into summer with a possible fall rebloom. Opposite, lanceolate to oblong, medium green foliage is aromatic. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.


No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spot and rust. White fly and scale are occasional insect pests.


Beds and border fronts. Cottage gardens. Edging. Containers.