Mealy Cup Sage

Salvia farinacea

Great blue-flowering semi-evergreen accent plant for spring and fall color. Requires regular water and fertilization for best color.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near Native
Origin: Texas, New Mexico into northern Mexico
Family: Lamiaceae, the mint family
Size: Typically 18″ tall, but up to 4′ possible
Sun: Full sun (protect from summer afternoon sun)
Watering: Regular watering to keep soil moist but not soggy
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Prefers well drained with plenty of organic matter.
Temperature: Prefers temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees F. Hardy to 10 degrees F
Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Attracts Hummingbirds, Nectar plant for butterflies, Special Value to native bees
Notes: Needs protection from summer afternoon sun. ‘Victoria’, ‘Victoria White’, ‘Strata’, ‘Rhea’, and ‘Cirrus’ are superior cultivars. Blooms best when fertilized with a complete fertilizer that has elevated phosphorus levels.


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