Pitcher Sage

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Salvia Azurea
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period July-October
Flower Color Blue

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Description

This perennial grassland species is found distributed across much of the eastern half of the United States. Deep roots allow this plant to be drought tolerant and extremely long lived. It grows best in full sun, which helps light up its bright blue flowers when it blooms from July-October. The specialized flowers are excellent sources of nectar for pollinating insects. Pitcher sage can grow from 1-4 feet in height, and grows well with tall grasses that help support the plant which can lodge if not held up. Fall seeding provides natural seed stratification and give way to increased germination in the spring. Spring plantings with stratified seed also work well and caution should be taken to not plant the seed too deep.

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