Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Wide range in central states: Texas; Oklahoma; Kansas; Nebraska; Missouri; Nevada; Minnesota; Illinois. Also found in the southeastern states: North and South Carolina; Georgia; Alabama; Mississippi; Tennessee; Kentucky; Florida.
Comments: Rocky or sandy prairies, especially uplands, roadsides and pastures.
Flower-Visiting Insects of Wild Blue Sage in Illinois
(Insects suck nectar primarily; butterflies & skippers are non-pollinating; observations are from Hilty)
Anthophoridae (Xylocopini): Xylocopa virginica sn (H); Apidae (Bombini): Bombus sp. sn fq (H)
Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus sn np (H)
Hesperiidae: Epargyreus clarus sn np (H), Polites peckius sn np (H)
Number of Occurrences
Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.
Estimated Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300
Comments: Reported from numerous counties in at least 15 states in the east and central U.S.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Salvia azurea
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure
Reasons: Widespread in central and southeastern states in several habitats. Rank provided by NCHP during data exchange Apr/1994.
Comments: Nutritious and palatable to all livestock.
Its thin, upright stems can grow to 6 feet (1.5m) tall, with narrow, pointed, smooth-edged to serrated, furry to smooth green leaves, connected to their stems by petioles to .4 inches long (1 cm). There are no basal leaves.
The blue flowers (rarely white), nearly 1/4 to 1/2 inch (7-12mm) long, appear summer to autumn near the ends of their branched or unbranched spikes; their calyxes are tubular or bell-shaped and furry. Two varieties are Salvia azurea var. azurea (azure sage) and Salvia azurea var. grandiflora (pitcher sage). It is found on the wild on roadsides, glades, fields and pastures.
- Kathleen N. Brenzel, Editor, Sunset Western Garden Book (Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Corporation, 2001; ISBN 0-376-03875-6)
- Mark Griffiths, Index of Garden Plants, 2nd American Edition. (Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1995; ISBN 0-88192-246-3)
- Carl G. Hunter, Wild Flowers of Arkansas. 6th edition, p. 192. (Little Rock, Arkansas: The Ozark Society Foundation, 2001; ISBN 0-912456-16-7)
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: A species in a genus of about 700 species distributed throughout the world. There are two questionable varieties: S. azurea var. azurea and S. azurea var. grandiflora, with respectively east and west distribution.
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