Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Evolution') in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 14 - 24 Inches
Plant Spread: 16 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Lilac
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading faded flower spikes ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 2006
Other: 2002 Fleuroselect Approved Novelty Winner


'Evolution' was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 15, 2015.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Oct 10, 2014 9:02 PM

Another winner of a salvia! 'Evolution' is a 2006 AAS Flower Award winner. Becoming more popular with gardeners and more available since its introduction. Beautiful purple color and easy to grow. The stems are purple too! Blooms from late spring to frost. Dependable during the growing season. Great container plant by itself or used as a thriller in a container. Doesn't need deadheading, but I try to remove the faded flowers during the season to promote more flowering. Deer resistant. Stunning when grown in masses. Needs good drainage.

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