Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) in the Salvias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia farinacea Accepted
Salvia farinacea var. latifolia Synonym
Salvia farinacea var. farinacea Synonym
Salvia earlei Synonym

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
Fragrant
Flower Color: Other: Blue violet
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Cut back by half after extended bloom period to promote more compact habit.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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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Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) was a featured
Plant of the Day for January 12, 2017.

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Location: ILDate: 2016-10-18#Pollination Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica) Male
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Location: Medina Co., TexasDate: April 2012Mealy Blue Sage
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: Summer
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2008-05-30Mealycup Sage
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Location: ILDate: 2012-09-13
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-07-21
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 9, 2020 9:16 AM

Yes, this mother species is native to Texas and Mexico where it is a short-lived perennial living about 5 years long. It grows about 1.5 to 3 feet high. It bears mint-like two-lipped violet-blue flowers. Its grayish-green leaves are to 3 inches long. It gets its scientific species name of "farinacea" from the Latin word for flour or meal because it has white powdery felting on its upper stems and calyx. It is pollinated by bees, bumblebees, and some butterflies. A good number of more compact cultivars have been developed with a range of hues of purple-blue flowers and some white blooming cultivars also.

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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 (Kentucky - 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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piksihk On May 5, 2018 Bloomed
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MrsBinWY On March 31, 2018 Potted up
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MrsBinWY On March 13, 2018 Seeds germinated
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MrsBinWY On March 10, 2018 Seeds sown
16 commercial seeds of 'Victoria White' from pdf in milk jug @ warm room temp
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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
Need ID of two plants by davesami Oct 21, 2020 6:46 PM 5
What type of plant is this? by skechr25 Oct 19, 2020 3:42 PM 6
What flower is this by Ttwalker30 Mar 31, 2020 6:47 PM 5
Season 2020 by shizen Nov 29, 2020 2:34 PM 1,680
My Garden and Other Stuff -- 2020 by lovemyhouse Jul 27, 2020 6:02 AM 670
Are there any salvias that bloom from spring to fall? by Miamiu Nov 16, 2019 6:41 PM 13
What to plant in new planter by Boxerdoglover Sep 29, 2019 9:10 AM 9
Please ID all of these flowers by gross4160 Aug 21, 2019 10:47 AM 4
Salvia of the Day: Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea Unplugged™ So Blue™) by Marilyn Apr 8, 2019 8:49 PM 1
What is blooming for you right now? by Iluvtobake Nov 26, 2020 3:00 AM 1,555

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