Attract a Crowd of Hummingbirds to Playin’ the Blues Salvia

Pollinators will show up in droves for this blue salvia! Discover how to grow this low-maintenance hummingbird favorite in your garden.

Blue Salvia Pollinator Benefits

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Bees and hummingbirds love these flowers.

If you want to draw in a crowd of pollinators, Playin’ the Blues salvia will pack the stands with them. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are all drawn to its purple-blue flowers, which bloom shortly after planting and last until the first hard frost. Native bees are so abuzz about this blue salvia that one grower recommends positioning the plant away from seating areas!

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The plant is convenient and beneficial from a gardening standpoint, as well. Its fragrant foliage is deer resistant, and the flowers are sterile. This means no there’s need to deadhead. Playin’ the Blues makes an excellent container plant for a patio or balcony. This salvia offers the chance for you to get up-close and personal views of nature.

Grow a rainbow of blooms with the most colorful hummingbird flowers.

Playin’ the Blues Salvia Care and Growing Tips

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Enjoy the colorful blooms all summer long.

Common Name: Playin’ the Blues Salvia
Scientific Name:  Salvia longispicata x farinacea ‘Playin’ the Blues’
Zones: 7 to 10 or annual
Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide
Light Needs: Full to part sun
Attracts: Birds, butterflies and bees

Playin’ the Blues is an unfussy annual blue salvia plant with plenty of perks for gardeners. It grows best in full to part sun and reaches heights of up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet in width. Its glossy green leaves make for attractive foliage even after the flowers are spent. Growers recommend watering and fertilizing the plant regularly for the best flowering. But it is reasonably drought-tolerant once established.

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Other Rockin’ Salvias to Grow

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Salvia Rockin’ Deep Purple

Playin’ the Blues isn’t the only Rockin’ Series salvia. So you’re in luck if you want another color for your garden. Fuschia, Deep Purple, and Blue Suede Shoes (another blue salvia) cultivars are also available.

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Salvia Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes

Reviewers praise the plants in this series for attracting hummingbirds and bees, for being easy to maintain, and for enduring difficult weather conditions.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate editor for Birds & Blooms Digital. Throughout her years with the publication, she has written multiple articles for print as well as digital, all covering birding and gardening. In her role as associate editor, she is responsible for creating and editing articles on the subject of birding and gardening, as well as putting together Birds & Bloom's daily digital newsletter. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a master's degree in magazine journalism and undergraduate degrees in journalism and English, she has more than eight years of experience in the magazine, newspaper, and book industries.