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Botanical names:
Salvia farinacea Accepted
Salvia earlei Synonym
Salvia farinacea var. farinacea Synonym
Salvia farinacea var. latifolia 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: Lavender
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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Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea) was a featured
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Location: ILDate: 2016-10-18#Pollination Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica) Male
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: Summer
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Location: Medina Co., TexasDate: April 2012Mealy Blue Sage
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-07-21
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2008-05-30Mealycup Sage
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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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Plant Events from our members
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grown from seed
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variegatagal On March 18, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
Basal growth.
variegatagal On May 1, 2016 Obtained plant
Walmart Supercenter
11700 Us Highway 380, Cross Roads, TX 76227
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
This seems to be a Salvia species by ILPARW Oct 26, 2021 6:32 PM 7
Which perennial between these Black-Eyed Susans for max contrast? by TreeSong Aug 9, 2021 9:35 AM 4
September Blooms for Zone 8 by elizabethru Aug 3, 2021 6:44 PM 4
annual blue flowers to match with marigolds? by foregolf16 Apr 25, 2021 4:18 PM 3
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What flower is this by Ttwalker30 Mar 31, 2020 6:47 PM 5
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