Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) in the Salvias Database

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Botanical names:
Salvia farinaceaAccepted
Salvia farinacea var. latifoliaSynonym
Salvia farinacea var. farinaceaSynonym
Salvia earleiSynonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 18-36 inches
Plant Spread: 18-36 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Blue violet
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Cut back by half after extended bloom period to promote more compact habit.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Cold, moist
Start indoors
Other info: Start 10 to 12 weeks before last frost.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Mealy Blue sage is a magnet for bees and butterflies.

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Posted by JonnaSudenius (Belgium, Europe - Zone 6a) on Dec 27, 2012 1:41 PM

Grown as an annual in zone 6

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 2:04 PM

"Salvia farinacea (Mealy sage, Mealycup sage) is a herbaceous perennial native to Mexico and parts of the United States including Texas. Violet-blue spikes rest on a compact plant of typically narrow salvia-like leaves, however, the shiny leaves are what set this species apart from a more most other Salvia, which bear velvety-dull leaves. This plant requires full or part-sun and will grow to 18" or more with good soil. This plant will attract butterflies and hummingbirds."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Love your pic, but it looks like a Salvia farinacea variety by Marilyn Sep 15, 2015 2:26 PM 0
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Mass plantings by yuma Jul 15, 2017 9:52 AM 2
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia farinacea Sallyfun™ Bicolor Blue) by Marilyn Jun 24, 2017 6:11 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Reference') by Marilyn Jun 1, 2017 10:50 PM 1
Recommended plants for a school garden by tx_flower_child May 22, 2017 9:43 AM 16
Salvia of the Day: Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea Mannequin™ Delft Blue) by Marilyn May 14, 2017 7:04 PM 1

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