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Salvia farinacea

Common Name(s):
Blue sage, Mealy cup sage, Mealy-cup sage
Cultivar(s):
'Victoria', 'Rhea Dwarf Blue', 'Celebration Blue'
Categories:
Annuals, Perennials
Comment:

Mealy-cup sage perennializes only in the outer Coastal Plain, but grows beautifully during the spring, summer and fall and functions as an annual in the Mountains and Piedmont. It is an excellent bedding plant which looks neat and attractive all summer. The leaves are softly hairy and small, and the flower spikes strong and upright. It makes a good cut flower.   It prefers well-drained, moist soil but tolerates dry clay soil.  Plant in annual beds, along borders, meadows, cottage gardens, or cutting gardens.

Wildlife Value: Flowers attract butterflies. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Season:
summer
Light:
Sun to partial shade
Color:
Violet blue; silvery blue
Height:
1-2 ft.
Space:
6 to 12 in.
Flower Color:
blue, white
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 8b-10
Propagation:
softwood cuttings in summer, seed, division not advised
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
well drained, moist soil
Regions:
Coastal Plain
Origin:
Texas
Tags:
cpp, summer, partial shade, nectar, blue, sun, white, meadow, wildlife, perennial, dry soil, deer resistant, fall, cottage garden, pollinators, spring, cut flowers, butterflies, clay soil

NCCES plant id: 137

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Salvia farinacea Salvia farinacea
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria' Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'
Scott Zona, CC BY-NC-2.0
Salvia farinacea 'Rhea Dwarf Blue (Celebration Blue' Salvia farinacea 'Rhea Dwarf Blue (Celebration Blue'
Jon Sullivan, CC BY-NC-2.0
Salvia farinacea bloom Salvia farinacea bloom
Shihmei Barger, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Fiery Skipper on Salvia farinacea Fiery Skipper on Salvia farinacea
Ronnie Pitman, CC BY-NC-2.0
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'
Debbie Roos