March 21, 2019

True Blue

Salvia patens

Janine Pineo Photo - Salvia patens

Blue is a beautiful shade and nothing beats the loveliness of Salvia patens. Also known as Gentian sage, the spikes of flowers on this plant mixes well with yellows, oranges and reds. It also is a favorite of hummingbirds, despite the blue shade, because of its tubelike blossoms. The bees love a good salvia, too. The flower stalks rise well above the leaves, which are a rich green. Salvia patens should be treated as an annual in Maine, where it can be grown from seed or found at the occasional greenhouse. According to numerous websites, Gentian sage was discovered in Mexico in the 1830s. Just imagine discovering this growing wild in drifts across a field. We can hear the buzzing bees now.