Salvia ‘Blue Cloud’: A pretty slender perennial, growing as a clump to 1mH in a sunny position with sky blue flowers.
Salvia ‘Blue Cloud’ makes a good filler for empty spaces in a border.
Flowers: are a pretty pale sky blue, semi tubular either in whorls of 6-8 flowers along a long stem or in short clusters at the top of the flowering stem. Flowering spring through summer and continuing into autumn. Bees certainly enjoy these flowers.
Calyces: are a bright green, ribbed with blunt lobes that are often coloured on the exposed tips. All held in loose whorls around a green square stem. The bracts remain long after the flower has opened.
Leaves: are mid green, often colouring to a lovely burnished purple brown in the winter. Lanceolate in shape with prominent serrated crenations along the edge. These appear at the top of very slender stems, often colouring very nicely during the colder months.
Salvia ‘Blue Cloud’ is often an overlooked Salvia, but in a sunny sheltered position with good friable soil, this can make a sizable clump and if grown well would be quite a sight in flower. Often found growing in a meadow situation, rising above the other perennials and grasses, where it’s pretty blue flowers can have the effect of a cloud of shimmering blue cloud.
As this Salvia can spread by underground rhizomes, I would suggest planting this Salvia in a bottomless pot, if it is to grow in a small garden. ‘Blue cloud’, although slender, does not become a weed and is easily pulled out where not wanted. In cold areas, this can become winter dormant but will remain green in warmer areas over the winter period.
Propagation: can be either by tip cuttings taken from new shoots or by the underground stolons, taken with a good shoot.
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