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Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia longispicata x farinacea

  • 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
48" 36"
24 - 48"
24 - 36"
  • Details



    Beautiful blue flowers all summer long.  As the flowers age, the calyx remains deep-blue after the actual flower falls off, giving the impression that the entire flower stalk remains in flower giving a greater floral presence in the garden.

    Award Winner
    Fragrant Foliage
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 48 Inches
    14 - 18 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
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    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Cut Flower
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Playin' The Blues 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 or 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.

    Playin' The Blues is a big attractor of bees! They love the sweet nectar in the flowers, so place it accordingly; a bit farther from seating areas if bees are a concern. It is always great to have a plant that will support our native bees!!

    Rockin'® Playin' the Blues® Salvia longispicata x farinacea 'Balsalmispim' USPP 29,604
  • 7 Reviews

    • This plant is crazy good! The size and the amount of blooms is truly wonderful. This will be a must in our garden for as long as we can find it each year. Wonderful color, fun structure, pollinator magnet - truly a proven winner!

      , New York
      , United States
      , 4 weeks ago
    • This is an outstanding plant. I used it in a mass planting in my front yard flower bed (gets sun all day long.) It is not fussy. Once established it keeps going strong, requires no deadheading, fills out beautifully, retains its colour all summer long, and is a massive pollinator magnet. I used it as a filler in a bed and it did not disappoint. It provides outstandingly super performance. It's elegance and beauty are second to none. I'll have it back next summer for sure. Five stars!

      Therese Koturbash
      , Manitoba
      , Canada
      , 5 weeks ago
    • Beautiful dark blue spikes stand upright and bloom all summer and through fall until hard frost. The bees love it.

      Sandra Bryant
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 23 weeks ago
    • One of the best perennials I’ve ever grown. Planted in April and were in continuous bloom until we had an early hard freeze mid November. Held up incredibly well during a very hot, dry summer with little supplemental water. Planted in an area with about 4 hours of midday sun. Looked gorgeous with lime coleus and orange lantana. Pollinator magnet!

      Lisa Mason
      , 46 weeks ago
    • I’m so delighted with this plant! I purchased eight of these to intermingle with rudbeckia and echinacea in several gardens. The flowers just keep coming, especially after I prune the rangier wands. The plants get quite enormous toward late summer, so plan for nearby flowers to get crowded out late in the season. As a plus, bees and butterflies go nuts over it.

      Eileen Mullen
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I agree with the previous reviewer: This is a strong and rangy plant. I didn't expect it to be a standout in my yard but was! The colorful blue calyxes really do keep the impact going so it never needed deadheading to look good. It got taller than I expected it to be (about 3 to 4 feet tall) but as the plant aged, the individual stalks sagged just a little. Since the foliage was also so vigorous the saggy habit looked great. Place it next to a groundcover rosebush with yellow or orange blooms for a really pretty combo.

      Deb Wiley
      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Vigorous and rangy, but the branching is strong, providing balance, resists splitting. It shows few symptoms when neglected, and is responsive to feeding.

      Josh Miller
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
  • 2 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2018 Top Performer Penn State
    2018 Best Polliinator-Friendly Perennial Dallas Arboretum
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