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Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™

Salvia 'BBSAL01301'

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Rockin' Blue Suede Shoes (Salvia 'BBSAL01301') at Roger's Gardens

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ flowers

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ flowers

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Rockin' Blue Suede Shoes (Salvia 'BBSAL01301') at Roger's Gardens

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ in bloom

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Perennial Salvia, Meadow Clary, Meadow Sage

Group/Class:  Rockin' Series

Brand:  Proven Winners


Stunning blue flowers with black calyx bloom all season long; a beautiful addition to borders or beds with its dense and bushy form; looks fantastic in containers; heat and drought tolerant; great pollinators; low maintenance

Ornamental Features

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ has masses of beautiful spikes of blue flowers with black calyces rising above the foliage from late spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, 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.

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium 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 prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes™ 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features