Plant of the Week: Azure Blue Sage

Photo by Friends of the High LineThe flowers of the azure blue sage, Salvia azurea, will bloom until early frost. Photo by Friends of the High Line

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

The azure blue sage, Salvia azurea , with its glowing spikes of blue flowers, is a striking presence on the High Line during the fall season. It is one of the tallest species of sage, and will bloom from late summer to early frost. Since it is native to the Southeastern United States, azure blue sage is tolerant of both hot and humid conditions. This versatility makes it an excellent plant for the High Line. Azure blue sage can be found in the Wildflower Field at West 28th Street, as well as the north end of The Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck at West 15th Street.

On the High Line at West 15th and West 28th Streets

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