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Herbaceous Perennial

Salvia patens 'Blue Angel'
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A bushy, upright, tender perennial with mid-green aromatic arrowhead shaped leaves. From mid-summer to autumn, large azure-blue flowers bloom in succession on thin stems above the foliage. Requires winter protection.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Loam
Clay
Chalk
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn Blue Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy, Clump forming
Genus

Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in free draining moderately fertile soil in full-sun. Prefers a sheltered position. Provide winter protection.

Propagation

Take basal softwood cuttings in spring. Softwood and semi-ripe cuttings can be taken in mid-to late summer.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Bedding
Pruning

Deadhead by removing faded fower spikes. If flowering diminishes cut back by half to promote flowering sideshoots. In late winter/early spring cut back stems to the base.

Pests

Maybe susceptible to leafhopper, slugs and snails.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

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