Saturday, July 09, 2011
Indigo Spires Sagea
Salvia 'Indigo Spires'
It took several attempts to get a good picture of this flower. It certainly popped up at virtually every nursery I visited this spring. I didn’t buy any because it was already starting to sprawl a little bit in the 6-inch pots. It would seem that it gets much taller than the advertised 36 inches. The flower color is awesome and the foliage is the typical rough green of Salvias, it makes me itchy just looking at it. There is a more dwarf variety of this plant called ‘Mystic Spires’ and that looks to be a more manageable plant.
Every year we make a planting of ‘Black and Blue’ on someone’s terrace. They love it because of the amount of Hummingbirds it attracts. I like it because it just grows very nice without any maintenance needed. One afternoon while working in the area I saw two hummers on the patch at the same time. It was a delicate and beautiful natural ballet. The flowers on ‘Black and Blue’ are a little different (more tubular) but I suspect that 'Indigo Spires' would certainly bring in the butterflies and bees.