Rockin'® Playin' the Blues™ Salvia | Proven Winners

Beautiful blue flowers all summer long.  As the flowers age, the calyx remains deep-blue after the actual flower falls off, giving the impression that the entire flower stalk remains in flower giving a greater floral presence in the garden. Playin' The Blues is a big attractor of bees! They love the sweet nectar in the flowers, so place it accordingly; a bit farther from seating areas if bees are a concern. It is always great to have a plant that will support our native bees!!

  • Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
  • Award Winner
  • Long Blooming
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Deadheading Not Necessary
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
  • Resists: Deer


  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Height Category: Tall
  • Garden Height: 24 - 48 Inches
  • Spacing: 14 - 18 Inches
  • Spread: 24 - 36 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Blue, Purple
  • Flower Shade: Blue-purple
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Deep Green
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Thriller


  • Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Planting To Hard Frost
  • Hardiness Zones: 7a - 10b
  • Water Category: Average
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Cut Flower
  • Uses Notes: Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.
  • Maintenance Notes: Playin' The Blues is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost-free zones) compact and richly colored it is easy and trouble-free. It is sterile so it will not set seed and that means it will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping. You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers. Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot or the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.
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