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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?


Blue sage

Eranthemum pulchellum

This perennial is great for Central and South Florida. It can reach a height of 3 to 6 feet and a spread of approximately 2 to 3 feet. During winter, the deep blue flowers are breathtaking.

This plant is salt tolerant and cold tender. It will die back to the ground in a frost or freeze but does recover quickly. Blue sage prefers light to full shade and well-drained soil moisture. Propagation is from cuttings. Ours at the Extension Service and mine at home are stunning right now.

For information on this and other great perennials, please see the University of Florida publication “Gardening with Perennials in Florida” by Sydney Park Brown at

We do hope you will be able to stop by to see our blooming blue sage.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.