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Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' (Mealy Cup Sage)

Mealy Cup Sage, Mealycup Sage, Farinaceous Sage, Blue Salvia, Blue Sage


Resembling lavender with its rich violet-blue flower spikes, Mealy Cup Sage 'Victoria Blue' (Salvia farinacea) is a compact, multi-branched variety which blooms profusely from late spring to frost. Densely packed with small flowers that peek from the calyces, the abundant flowering spikes rise above the foliage of narrow, fresh green leaves.

  • Typically grows in thick, round clumps, up to 18-20 in. tall (45-50 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 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 – 10
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 Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
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 Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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