|Annual salvias or sages are grown for their showy flower spikes, which provide a long season of color from early summer through fall. The popular Scarlet Sage from Brazil has vivid, scarlet flowers which attract hummingbirds, but the blooms lose their color after cutting. Varieties are also available with salmon, purple and white flowers. Mealy-Cup Sage, a Texas native, has airy blue or white flowers and silver foliage that reaches 3 feet in height. Good in rock gardens. Plant any type in masses in bedding, edging and containers. Start from seed 8 to 10 weeks before last frost in full sun or light shade. Need light to germinate, so do not cover with soil. Avoid overwatering. Pinch seedlings or transplants at 6 to 8 inches tall to encourage branching.
This perennial is often grown as an annual, though it is hardy to 10° F. Its spikes of small blue flowers poke above grayish green leaves. Dwarf, white, and bluer flowering forms available.
Attributes - Salvia farinacea
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: Blue, Purple, White
Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft. 6 in.
Width: 3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers.