Salvia × sylvestris ‘Blauhügel’

blue meadown sage, blue wood sage

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Synonyms: Salvia × sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’

Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’

Outstanding Qualities

Blue-lavender spikes spring forth in early summer attracting bees and butterflies to the beguiling flowers of this popular perennial. It is perfect for containers, perennial beds, and for fresh-cut flowers! Note: Salvia x sylvestris cultivars, along with one of its parents, Salvia nemorosa, can sometimes be mislabeled in the nursery trade so be sure to purchase from a nursery you trust.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: purple, violet

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers

Seasonal Interest: flowers in early summer with a second flush later that season

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: rabbits, deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, red, silver, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, purple, violet

Culture Notes
Blue meadow sage flowers best in full sun and grows most vigorously in a rich, well-draining soil, but it will tolerate clay and sandy sites as long as there is good drainage. Do not plant in water-logged locations. Once this evergreen perennial is established it will tolerate short periods of drought; however, regular to occasional watering during dry weather as well as cutting back the first flowering stalks once they are done will promote a second flush of blossoms later in the summer.
Geek Notes
German nurseryman Ernst Pagels introduced Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhügel' in the late 1950's. . 'Blauhügel' translates from German to "Blue Hill" in English. Salvia x sylvestris is a cross between S. nemorosa (native to western Asia including central Europe) and S. pratensis (native to western Asia, including Europe, and northern Africa).