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Salvia guaranitica 'Van Remsen'

An evergreen shrub with an upright growth habit.  It forms a V-shaped clump of sturdy stems clothed in large, bright green, slightly hairy leaves. Starting in late May, the stem tips bear spikes of cobalt-blue flowers that continue blooming through early fall.  Salvia guaranitica is probably a hybrid between Salvia guaranitica 'Brazil' and Salvia guaranitica 'Costa Rica.'  It was discovered in James Van Remsen's Louisiana garden and later named and distributed by salvia guru Rich Dufresne.


7 ft


4 ft


4-5 ft

Salvia guaranitica 'Van Remsen' Characteristics


  • Fast-growing
  • Aromatic foliage
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Blue / Purple / Lavender / Violet

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Upright


  • Morning sun
  • Light or dappled shade
  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Afternoon sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Loam
  • Clay
  • Clay-loam
  • Sandy loam

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant