Blue Bouquetta is a delightfully compact form of Salvia Nemorosa which, given the right treatment, will bloom right through the growing season with spikes of purplish blue flowers smothering the plant. Trim back to encourage repeat blooming. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. 10 in. 2 litre pot.


Blue Bouquetta, a cultivar of Salvia Nemorosa, was revealed to the world as recently as 2016 at the Plantarium expo, where it was awarded a bronze medal as a new introduction. The plant was developed by Dutch nurserymen Theo and Wil Alkemade who have come a long way since their business was founded in 1989: the now produce 18 million young plants each year. Now that’s a big number!

Salvia is a big genus and encompasses a wide range of plants. The common name for them is generally sage, and Salvia Nemorosa is known as the woodland sage (that’s indeed what the species epithet means). The genus names comes from the Latin meaning to soothe or heal, and the herb Salvia Officinalis has long been a standby in the apothecary’s cupboard or herb garden. Not all salvias are hardy enough to survive a British winter, but Blue Bouquetta, along with its cousins in the species group, certainly is, and all you need do is cut it back close to ground level either in late winter or early spring as new growth emerges.

Salvia Blue Bouquetta is a reliably long-term bloomer but can be encouraged to go beyond the call of duty by cutting back when the majot bloom is going over: you will get another flush of violet blue flowers before too long. It’s a real little star.

Here’s that crazy guy Peter from Plantipp doing things you perhaps shouldn’t to your Salvia Blue Bouquetta.

Salvia Nemorosa Blue Bouquetta is a compact hardy perennial with scented leaves and spikes of purple blue flowers in summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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