Woodland Sage Salvia nemorosa Sensation Blue = 'Florsalvioblu' (PBR) (Sensation Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care


The plant known as Meadow Sage features striking blue flowers that grow in dense spikes and bloom profusely during the early to mid-summer months. These flowers possess a vivid deep blue hue that is both eye-catching and serene. They are favored for their rich color and the vertical interest they add to gardens. The foliage of the Meadow Sage is made up of lance-shaped leaves that are of a grey-green color, providing a subtle and pleasant contrast to the vibrant blooms. With a bushy and compact growth habit, Meadow Sage produces an abundance of flowering stems that are studded with the blue blossoms. As the flowers fade, they leave behind small seed heads that can be trimmed if a neater appearance is preferred or left to self-seed or provide interest in the winter landscape. The Meadow Sage is not just known for its beauty; it also has a gentle, pleasant fragrance and is a popular choice for attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies, making it a lively and bustling addition to any planting space. It is commonly utilized in borders, and cottage garden settings, and sometimes in containers where its showy blooms can be enjoyed up close.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Woodland Sage, Balkan Clary, East Friesland Sage.

    • Common names

      Salvia nemorosa 'Florsalvioblu'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Woodland sage, commonly known as Salvia nemorosa, is not generally considered toxic to humans. There are no widespread reports of poisoning from this plant when it is touched or ingested in small quantities. However, as with any plant, individual allergic reactions can occur, and it is always advised to be cautious and avoid ingesting plant parts unless they are known to be safe for consumption.

    • To pets

      Woodland sage is also not widely regarded as toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. There are no significant reports that suggest the plant causes poisoning in pets. However, it is essential to observe pets for any unusual behavior or symptoms if they consume any part of the plant, since individual animals may have different sensitivities or reactions. If any adverse effects are noted, it is important to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet 6 inches [45 cm]

    • Spread

      1 feet [30 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive to Pollinators: Draws bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, ideal for busy gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerant: Well-suited to dry conditions, conserving water resources.
    • Long Blooming Season: Provides colorful flowers for extended periods, enhancing garden aesthetics.
    • Cold Hardy: Survives in colder climates, which expands its potential growing regions.
    • Deer Resistant: Less likely to be damaged by deer, making it suitable for gardens in rural areas.
    • Easy to Propagate: Can be readily propagated from cuttings or division, facilitating garden expansion.
    • Compact Size: Fits into smaller spaces and containers, versatile for varied garden designs.
    • Herbaceous Perennial: Comes back year after year, reducing the need for replanting annually.
    • Aromatic Foliage: Provides sensory appeal through its pleasant scent.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Plant dye: The flowers and leaves can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics, yarns, or paper, providing a range of colors from greens to blues.
    • Artistic inspiration: Its striking blue flowers serve as a subject for botanical illustration or garden photography, capturing its vibrant color and form.
    • Culinary decoration: The edible flowers can be used as a decorative element in salads or as an attractive garnish on dishes and desserts.
    • Fragrant potpourri: Dried leaves and flowers create a fragrant potpourri that can freshen indoor spaces with its pleasant aroma.
    • Bookmark: Pressed flowers can be used to make decorative bookmarks, preserving the beauty of the plant in a functional form.
    • Candle making: Adding dried flowers into candle wax can create visually appealing candles with a subtle scent when burned.
    • Plant photography backdrop: The dense, vibrant flowers can serve as a picturesque backdrop for photographing other subjects, such as insects or smaller plants.
    • Bath sachets: Dried flowers and leaves can be placed in fabric sachets to create a soothing, aromatic bath experience.
    • Plant-based ink: Extract from the plant can be used to make eco-friendly, plant-based ink for fountain pens or art.
    • Crafting: The flowers and stems can be incorporated into various crafts, such as wreaths or floral arrangements, for seasonal decoration.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Meadow Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Meadow Sage is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Salvia, commonly known as sage, has long been associated with healing properties both in physical and spiritual contexts, symbolizing the plant's use in traditional medicine and its reputed ability to cleanse spaces of negative energy.
    • Wisdom: Sage is synonymous with wisdom, owing to the historical use of the plant by the ancient Greeks and Romans who believed it could impart wisdom and improve cognitive functions.
    • Longevity: Due to its hardiness and the historical use of sage in herbal medicine to promote health and longevity, Salvia plants often symbolize a long life and endurance.
    • Protection: In many cultures, sage is burned as a sacred herb in smudging rituals to protect against evil spirits and negative influences, reflecting a symbolic meaning of safeguarding and purification.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Woodland sage should be watered deeply once every week, making sure to soak the soil but allowing it to dry out slightly between waterings. Generally, 1 to 1.5 gallons per plant per watering session is sufficient, depending on the size of the plant and the weather conditions. Increase the frequency during hot, dry periods, while reducing in cooler, wetter seasons. Avoid overhead watering to keep the foliage dry and prevent disease.

  • sunLight

    Woodland sage thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for woodland sage would be an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, too little light may result in a leggier plant and reduced flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Woodland sage performs well in a wide range of temperatures but prefers conditions between 60°F and 70°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about -20°F, making it suitable for many temperate climates. Maximum temperatures can be well above 90°F, provided the plant is well-established and not subjected to prolonged periods of heat without water.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune woodland sage to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Deadheading spent flowers throughout the season will promote additional flowering. Cut back the plant by one-third after the first bloom period to rejuvenate the foliage and encourage a second flush of flowers. The best time for heavy pruning is in early spring, just as new growth begins.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Woodland Sage prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Incorporate compost and perlite to enhance drainage and fertility for optimal growth conditions.

  • plantRepotting

    Woodland Sage should be repotted every 1-2 years to replenish the soil and promote healthy root growth, best done in the spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Woodland Sage thrives in average humidity conditions typical of outdoor environments and does not require high humidity levels generally.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in a sunny spot, ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      In full sun to part shade, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Blue', commonly known as Woodland Sage, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in favorable conditions of warm soil and adequate sunlight. After germination, it enters the vegetative stage, developing a rosette of leaves close to the ground. As the plant matures, it grows upright stems and produces distinctive blue to violet flowers, typically blooming from late spring to early summer. After pollination, often by bees and butterflies, it sets seeds which are then dispersed, perpetuating the cycle. In the fall, the above-ground parts of the perennial die back, while the root system survives underground. With the return of spring, Woodland Sage regenerates from the roots, starting the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • Propogation: Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Blue', commonly known as the Woodland Sage, is typically propagated by division or basal cuttings, especially during the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. The most popular method of propagation is by division, which involves carefully digging up the plant, dividing it into smaller clumps with a sharp knife or spade, and replanting the divisions. Each division should have a good root system and at least a few shoots. The divisions are then planted into well-prepared soil, ensuring that the crown of the plant is at the same level as the soil surface. They should be spaced about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) apart to allow for growth and airflow among the new plants. Watering the newly planted divisions generously will help them establish in their new locations.