Victoria blue salvia is a real star in the desert garden. Native to Texas and Mexico, they thrive in our hot summers. Here, they’re perennials, usually living three to five years.
They’re favorites of verdins, hummingbirds, Texas cross butterflies, and, sometimes, lizards. The spinies will often leap up and grab a blossom.
I love them for many reasons, because the birds, insects, and lizards love them, and because of their delicate, beautifully blue flower spikes.
I’ve spent many hours drawing their flowers–all those delicately curving petals, wrapped around each other. I can get lost in the intricacy!