Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) in the Salvias Database

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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
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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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 5, 2018 Bloomed
grown from seed
MrsBinWY On March 31, 2018 Potted up
MrsBinWY On March 13, 2018 Seeds germinated
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
What should I plant here? by Pennzies Jul 17, 2018 7:37 PM 2
Salvia of the Day: Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Gruppenblau') by Marilyn May 27, 2018 6:49 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Hybrid Salvia (Salvia 'Magic Wand') by Marilyn May 22, 2018 8:57 PM 1
Is thus 'golden jubilee'? by piksihk May 17, 2018 3:37 PM 3
Salvia of the Day: Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Violet Candle') by Marilyn May 3, 2018 6:33 PM 1
Community Garden Plant Sale - Saturday, April 28, 2018 NE Dallas/Garland TX by lovemyhouse Apr 27, 2018 8:02 PM 2
Wrong Salvia Type and Variety in Landscape Photo #3718 by Marilyn Apr 21, 2018 7:09 PM 2
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia farinacea 'Cathedral Sky Lavender') by Marilyn Jan 11, 2018 12:25 AM 1
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia farinacea Cathedral® Sky Blue) by Marilyn Jan 9, 2018 7:38 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Salvia (Salvia farinacea Cathedral® Lavender) by Marilyn Jan 9, 2018 7:29 PM 1

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