'Celestial Blue' Sage was named by the founder of Las Pilitas
nursery, Bert Wilson, for his wife Celeste and introduced to the
nursery trade by him. It was a seedling that came from seed he
collected collected in the Las Pilitas Nursery demonstration
Celestial Blue Sage is a hybrid between
Salvia clevelandii 'Alpine' and Salvia pachyphylla or a
three way hybrid with 'Pozo Blue' which would add Salvia
leucophylla into the mix. Very stable and tolerant of almost
gravel for soil and extreme heat, has also grown in part shade, in
the interior, and daily water for about five years, and has been
stunning in coastal clay with no water.
Salvia 'Celestial Blue' flowers are large for a sage, fragrant
and almost pop out of a bouquet with the glow of blue purple. On
one happy plant, the flowers stayed for 2 years, just slowly
getting bigger. Each flower can be visited by a hummingbird,
butterfly, moth, and then, fifteen minutes later another
hummingbird, butterfly and moth. The swallowtails
are embarrassingly in love with the flowers.
Like Blueberry jam on bread, layer Celestial Blue Sage with
Sunset Manzanita. Add a dash of Buckwheat
if you want some butter with that. Or mix with the rest of
the family Bert's
Monkey, and Ian
Eleven on the stun-o-meter.
sage page where you can see all the sages of California.
Salvia 'Celestial Blue' tolerates deer.
Salvia 'Celestial Blue' is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Salvia 'Celestial Blue' has color gray, is stressdeciduous, has fragrance and is edible.
Flower of Salvia 'Celestial Blue' has color violet and has a fragrance.
Fruit of Salvia 'Celestial Blue' has fragrance and is edible.
Communities for Salvia 'Celestial Blue':Chaparral and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland.