The garden performance of Salvia farinacea is well known. They are anchors of many landscapes north and south. This plant is also called ‘mealycup sage’ or ‘mealy sage’.The growth habit is more stout than other Salvia farinacea, making them more presentable in the landscape. Full, branching plants come into bloom quickly and display rich color well into late summer. This plant adds a great look to flower beds or other places you may put them. This plant gives off a delightful scent of sage. They also come in a variety of colors, and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Common Name: Salvia
Scientific Background: In the genus of Salvia, or sage, this plant is in the family of Lamiaceae. This family, also including the mint plants, are widely used around the world. This is also popular for its uncommon pollination mechanism, consisting of only two stamen instead of four, unlike other pants. There have been many variations of Salvia found since it was first discovered.
Scientific Name: Salvia Lamiaceae
Blooms/Foliage: The simple, but eelegant blooms on this plant are attatched to the long stems which tower above the leaves. The petals of this plant showcse a deep, rich blue color. The leaves of this plant are shiny, which distinguish this Salvia from the rest. These leaves can vary from having teeth and not.
Hardiness Zones: Salvia Farinacea is home to different places in South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. This plant is also home to the state of Texas and all around the continent of Asia.
Growth Habit: With proper care, this plant will grrow up to 18″ on top of a bed of skinny leaves.
Exposure: Salvia Farinacea grows best in full sun but can handle partial shade.
Water: Salvia can manage on low water levels.
Spread: Salvia tends to grow better with good air flow. Spreading measurements can vary from 24″-36″
Soil: Most potting soils suit Salvia great.
Potential Handling Dangers: There have been no known Salvia-caused skin irritations but have found that certain fungicides that have been used on them may cause some irritation.
Potential Plant Dangers: Salvia is known to develop fungal diseases and pests, such as spider mites. The best way to prevent bugs infesting your plant, is to lightly spray your plants with a garden hose or plant spray.
Helpful Tips: If you fertilize the salvia plants, we suggest sing a time-release plant food mechanism.