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Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ (Mealy Cup Sage)

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Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ (Mealy Cup Sage) is a richly colored, multi-branched Salvia variety with profuse flowering spikes, packed with deep violet-blue flowers on steel blue, squared stems. Blooming profusely from late spring to frost, the upright flowering stems rise above the bushy foliage of lance-shaped, gray-green leaves. An excellent garden performer that adds beauty and long-lasting color to borders and containers.

  • Typically grows in thick, round clumps, up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm)
  • Thrives in full sun to light shade in average to rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Drought and poor soils are tolerated.
  • Prized by gardeners for its ornamental blossoms, it provides a welcomed vertical accent to beds, borders as well as containers.
  • Highly popular for its long-lasting flowers that make excellent cut flowers and compliment any dried arrangements, Salvia farinacea is among the most rewarding plants in the summer garden.
  • Easy to grow, low maintenance, relatively pest, and disease free, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and blends nicely with any other annuals or perennials for the best effect!
  • Tends to be ignored by deer and rabbits.
  • Perennial in hardiness zones 8-10, it may be grown as an annual in cooler areas.
  • Deadheading increases flower production
  • May be grown from seeds, starting indoors 10-12 weeks prior to the last spring frost date.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Sage, Mealy Cup Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Salvia
Common names Sage, Mealy Cup Sage
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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