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!!!
- 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).
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 WinnerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:30 - 40 InchesSpacing:18 - 24 InchesSpread:24 - 30 InchesFlower Colors:BlackFlower Colors:BlueFlower Shade:Crisp Blue and BlackFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Deep GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To Hard FrostHardiness Zones:9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Poor SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses 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' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
Valerie, Minnesota, United States, 14 weeks ago
Love this plant, it has given me continuous flowers all season & the Pollinators love it too, especially the Bees! The color is just amazing!Audrey Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States, 15 weeks ago
This is my first year for the plant. I love it. Gorgeous. Bees and butterflies love it.Timothy Sullivan, New York, United States, 15 weeks ago
Beautiful color of flowers, non-stop blooms and the hummingbirds love it! I will plant it again next year!Jennifer Winship, British Columbia, Canada, 24 weeks ago
Performed beautifullyDavid Hobson, Ontario, Canada, 25 weeks ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial 2019 Perfect Score All Season University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2019 Top Performer - Container University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids 2019 Top Performer - Early Season Michigan State University 2019 Top Performer Oregon State University 2019 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale 2019 Top Performer Michigan State University - All Season 2019 Top Performer - Spring Planted - Best Salvia Mounts Botanic Garden 2019 Top Performer - Perrenial Bed Texas A&M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial 2019 Leader of the Pack - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2019 Leader of the Pack - Late Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum