Salvia patens Magnificent blossoms clear and bright, one shade lighter than cobalt blue. Each flower on the monkshood-like spike has a top petal “hood” that lunges across the pendant lower petals. Flower spikes 12–15" long, good for cutting. Start indoors 12–14 weeks before setting out. 2½' plants. Perennial in Zone 8-10, grown as an annual. ~130 seeds/g. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
5411 Gentian Sage
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From the Latin salvere, ‘to heal.’ Wide-ranging genus with more than 900 species throughout the world. In the Northeast they range from tiny lawn weeds to showy ornamentals to culinary sage. Members of the mint family, most have square stems and blue or lavender flowers with prominent lips.
Culture: Like full sun and dry conditions, require good drainage. In our climate, all should be started indoors.