Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

Salvia guaranitica

Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: South America
USDA Zone: 8-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The small shrubs reach heights between 2-5 feet.

Salvia guaranitica is a small shrub native to South America, with fragrant ovate leaves with a fresh mint green color, and an anise scent when crushed. The flowers are a unique mix of blue, lavender, and purple shades, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

This small shrub should be planted in full sun or semi-shade locations and watered regularly. Salvia guaranitica can handle moderate water but will benefit from regular irrigation. Mature plants have proven cold hardy at least to mid 20s F for a short time and should be grown in USDA Zone 8-10.

When planting Salvia guaranitica in cold regions, pot it and select the warmest location you can find for it. Move it in when the temperature drops below freezing and move it back out when temperatures rise to the minimum hardiness rank. When bringing it in, make sure to keep it well-watered, as it's harder for the plants to get water when they are indoors in containers. During the colder months, ensure that it gets plenty of light and never let it sit in a waterlogged environment.

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