Mystic Spires Salvia is a fabulous butterfly and bee attracting plant to include in your pollinator gardens. The sheer number of blooms that this salvia puts out sends the pollinators into a dizzy frenzy as they visit each and every  flower. Take a look at some gorgeous pictures below and learn how to easy it is to take care of Mystic Spires in your garden.

6 Amazing Characteristics of Mystic Spires Salvia

1. Mystic Spires Salvia is a versatile plant that looks great in both the landscape and containers. This 30′ tall x 18′ wide perennial provides large homesteads and smaller apartment dwellers equal opportunity to participate in growing pollinator gardens (landscape gardens or urban gardens). The dense, compact, form fills out pots nicely for gorgeous color on sunny balconies, or patios, while it’s stature also allows for it to be situated close to the front row in perennial gardens in your landscape.

  • Use it as the “thriller” in multi-plant pots, planting it right in the center with smaller, cascading plants (perhaps Sweet Potato Vine), around the perimeter.
  • Really love the color blue in your landscape? Maybe layer it up by planting Indigo spires in the back, Radiation lantana in the middle, and Mystic Spires in the front.

2. Mystic Spires Salvia is relatively low maintenance. It generally only needs a pruning in early spring, but only when new growth is has reemerged and growing strong, and again in August to encourage a fresh flush of blooms for the migrating fall pollinators.

  • There are generally no pests and disease issues, and deer tend to pass them over for plants for more tasty to their palate. (But, no deer proof plant exists!)
Mystic Spires Salvia full of bees.

3. Mystic Spires Salvia is full of nectar. The violet-blue flowers that practically cover this salvia when in bloom are a great nectar source for our favorite winged things. You are sure to see plenty of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds visiting for an energizing sip. Planting this salvia is an easy way to support our local pollinators.

4. Mystic Spires Salvia is not particular about soil. We still advise to offer your plants soil that is rich in organic matter for the best environment to grow in, but Mystic Spires isn’t particular of any type of soil pH. It also doesn’t fuss too much about whether soil is on the drier side or moist, but it absolutely needs good drainage. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your plant by leaving it to gasp for water or water it with a deluge either. It just means that it most likely won’t go belly up when weather throws us a curveball with extended periods of drought or heavy rains. Just be mindful of the weather when it comes to watering.


Gorgeous Mystic Spires Salvia at maturity.

5. Mystic Spires Salvia is a Texas Superstar® plant! Plants on the Texas Superstar® list are great choices for San Antonio residents. These plants have gone through multiple trials that test for quality and reliability in plant material. Basically, the research has been been done on these plants and you get to sit back and reap the rewards.

6. Mystic Spires Salvia is a compact version of another perennial favorite. I mentioned Indigo Spires salvia when talking about landscape planting above. Well, you can think of Mystic Spires Salvia as it’s little bro, shorter in stature, but with many improved qualities. Flowers shed freely so there is no need for deadheading. The blooms do, however, make great cut flowers. Plant in full sun for best blooms. 

I hope I’ve given you enough cause to consider adding Mystic Spires Salvia to your landscapes or container gardens this year. You just might be a Happy Gardener, like me!

~The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy