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Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes Salvia hybrid

  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 3'
3' - 3'
2' - 3'
  • Details



    Light blue flowers each with a black calyx on tough plants. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees all love it, which makes it great plant for pollinator gardens.

    Award Winner
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 40 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Crisp Blue and Black
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in containers and landscapes. This plant is a pollinator attracting machine, beloved by pollinators of many types. 

    Maintenance Notes: 

    This is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost free zones) compact and richly colored it is easy and trouble free. It is sterile so it will not set seed and that means it will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping.

    You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers.

    Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot of the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.

    Rockin'® Blue Suede Shoes Salvia hybrid 'BBSAL01301' USPP 32,694, Can PBRAF
  • 14 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • 7a plant zone. 4hrs of sun and the plant is doing very well. Just move Rockin Fuchsia to a very sunny location to see how they’ll do in 6 -8hrs of sun. The Hummingbirds have the salvias all to themselves because I have other plants for the bees and butterflies to choose from. I also have Vermillionaire plants and the hummers love those to but these salvias are first before they go to the the Vermillionaire’s. I hope PW’s continues with more pollinator plant's. It’s not only enjoyable to watch the pollinators but makes us feel that us gardeners are helping the smallest of creatures to survive.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 9 weeks ago
    • I ordered these in February and received my order mid May- the right time for me to plant- they arrived sort of compact and stubby- healthy but not a usual growth habit- I planted in pots using plant tone and continue to water and fertilizer- everything else looks great but the rocking blue suede shoes is still stubby with very short flowers

      Judy Murtaugh
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 12 weeks ago
    • My Salvia is just coming into its own and is looking great. Wish I had ordered more!

      Sandra Weatherford
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 14 weeks ago
    • Although described as an annual, this plant survived the winter (and an episode of snow) in Zone 8b. I was about to dig it up in the spring when I realized it was growing back. It bloomed all last summer and has a neat, round growing habit. I also like it has larger, broader leaves than perennial salvias. It grew very well in a full sun location (10 hours) without excessive need for watering.

      , 15 weeks ago
    • A beautiful plant, BUT I got a nasty contact dermatitis ("eczema") from trimming it. I live in Zone 7 so brought it into the garage for the winter. When trimming my wintering fuchsias, I also trimmed the salvia without gloves 3 weeks ago. I'm still fighting the itchy skin problem on my hand. I will keep the plant but handle it very carefully from now on. It grows in a large pot since it must come inside in the winter.

      Kay Haaland
      , Washington
      , United States
      , 25 weeks ago
    • I love this blue salvia. I live in San Diego zone 10b and these salvias bloom year round here. They bloom a lot more during spring/summer than they do winter but it’s nice to have flowers during our winters here. I love the upright growth and my hummingbirds really enjoy this plant. I have it in a container and so far so good, it grows fine and blooms a lot! So definitely container tolerant - and I can’t say that about many other flowers/salvias that “claim” to be tolerant of containers. I highly recommend this salvia, it’s absolutely beautiful and looks very magical in my fairy hummingbird garden.

      , California
      , United States
      , 26 weeks ago
    • My new favorite plant. The hummingbirds love this. I will include this every year in my annual pots.

      Mary Lovejoy
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • outstanding, did well gorgeous unique color and the hummingbirds love it as well. Will surely order again

      David Goldenberg
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Beautiful flowers. Bushy and healthy. Not growing nearly as tall as my Rockin Deep Purple which is a big disappointment. Hoping that changes as the weeks go by. My Rockin Deep Purple are twice as tall and they were planted at the same time. All were the same height to start.

      Debbie L
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Absolutely outstanding salvia! PW gave the grower at the greenhouse I work at this plant for trial. He in turn gave me several to try at home. In full sun they grew to almost 4' tall and 3' wide, in part sun just a little smaller. They were so easy to care for! I fertilized every two weeks along with my other annuals and watered when my soil felt dry. No dead heading required...they bloomed all summer long and are still blooming after several weeks of 30-40's at night and 40-50's daytime high. Best of all, they are an incredible hummingbird magnet! We have never had so many hummingbirds at a plant before...they basically ignored my lantana (my previous go to hummingbird plant) for these salvias! I hope my greenhouse carries them next year, or I will be scouring our competitors to find this again!!!

      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
  • 23 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Top Performer Biltmore Estate
    2020 Highlight Plant Week 9/28 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Leaders of the Pack North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2020 Top Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2019 Top Performer - Early Season Michigan State University
    2019 Top Performer Oregon State University
    2019 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
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