Salvia longispicata x farinacea – Rockin’® Playin’ the Blues®
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
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.
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!!
Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Container, Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Soil Fertility Average Soil