Bog sage

Salvia uliginosa 'African Skies'

Bog sage - Salvia uliginosa  'African Skies'

Common Name: Bog sage
Genus: Salvia
Species: uliginosa
Cultivar: 'African Skies'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


Slender branching stems are clothed in aromatic green leaves. From midsummer these tall stems are then topped with elegant racemes of sky blue flowers which attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects into the garden. Forming quite large-sized clumps it thrives in a sunny spot with reliably moist soils.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.


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