Argentina Skies Sage
Salvia guaranitica 'Argentina Skies'
Argentina Skies Sage flowers
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Plant Height: 3 feet
Flower Height: 5 feet
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 7b
Other Names: Anise-scented Sage, Argentine Skies Blue Sage
Striking sky-blue flowers emerge on tall spikes from mid-summer until frost; fast growing and vigorous; prefers well drained garden soils; great for containers and rock gardens
Argentina Skies Sage features showy spikes of sky blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to mid fall. Its fragrant pointy leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Argentina Skies Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Argentina Skies Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Argentina Skies Sage will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Argentina Skies Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.