Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue') in the Salvias Database

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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)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 9 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Deep blue
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Deadhead faded flower stems to ensure more flowering throughout the season. May to frost.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Cold, moist
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
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 1998 Mississippi Medallion Winner

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'Victoria Blue' was a featured
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Location: My zone 3a gardenDate: 2014-07-18
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Date: 2016-10-18
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Location: Colima, Colima Mexico (USDA Zone 11)Date: 2017-05-05Salvia farinacea Victoria Blue in full sun USDA zone 11
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Date: 2016-10-18
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-09-16
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Location: My zone 3a gardenDate: 2015-07-16
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Location: My zone 3a gardenDate: 2014-06-30
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Location: My zone 3a gardenDate: 2014-06-30
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Date: 2015-09-01
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-29
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2017-08-04
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2007-09-22
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-25
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-08-30
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2007-09-22
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Date: 2015-09-01
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-25This Spring I found out that these would self-seed for me here in
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2013-06-17Salvia Victoria Blue
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Posted by mcash70 (Near Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 3a) on Aug 28, 2014 2:55 PM

In past years I had little luck growing Salvia: They always got powdery mildew, became spindly, and finished blooming in no time. This spring while I was at the nursery, a plant with very striking blue flowers caught my eye. It was Victoria Blue Sage, Salvia farinacea. I decided to take a chance on this one, and I am very happy that I did.

After purchasing it in a 6-inch pot, I planted it in a part sun and shade area of the garden, adding a slow release fertilizer at the time of planting. With ample water it has grown vigorously, forming a nice clump and producing many spikes of beautiful, intense, deep-blue flowers on blue stems, above deep-green foliage. This is a beautiful easy-care plant and will be replaced next year, as it is an annual in my zone 3a garden.

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Posted by lovemyhouse (Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) - Zone 8a) on May 6, 2013 1:23 PM

Wilts in North Central Texas' summer heat without supplemental water, but comes back strong every year.

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Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Oct 19, 2015 9:03 PM

This salvia is perennial in my zone 8a garden and is easy to grow. It thrives despite our heat and humidity, but does require additional water if there is insufficient rainfall during hot dry periods. If faded blooms are removed, it will continue to bloom until frost. Feed lightly.

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Posted by carlysuko (San Diego California - Zone 10a) on Mar 28, 2018 11:49 AM

An easy and beautiful perennial for me in zone 10a. Definitely worth growing as an annual for those areas in which it is not hardy, which I believe is up to zone 8. It not only self sows, but also gets bigger each year. It is herbaceous and very easy to divide, so I have more plants each year. Though most report its height topping out at around 2ft, in its third year here it has reached 4ft. It can be prone to powdery mildew so it's best to water from below. Spider mites, white flies and others also attack mine, so I spray with neem oil once in a while and that seems to work well. It attracts beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, as well as hummingbirds. In my garden I've also looked on as the lesser goldfinches go for the seeds and comically the stems bend under their weight.

It's also reported to be a good cut flower, which is rare among salvias.

The blue color is beautiful and they seem to pair well with pretty much any other plant and flower color. I have mine next to cuphea vermillionaire, cuphea firefly, with amistad in the back.

They do not require any fertilizer. Deadhead once the flowers start to die to promote more flowering. At the end of the season you can let the flowers go to seed to collect, or you can simply let them self seed. A beautiful versatile garden staple that I think most would enjoy having.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Trying to grow Salvia from Seed by honeyx4 Jun 23, 2018 12:42 PM 8
Salvia Farinacea (Victoria Blue) by carlysuko Feb 19, 2018 10:02 AM 2
Salvia farinacea Victoria Blue by vitrsna Dec 22, 2017 11:17 PM 1
Recommendation for annual salvias? by DonShirer Jul 12, 2014 2:42 PM 5
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