Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'
Mealy Cup Sage
|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.
A favorite annual for its intense spikes of violet-blue flowers, which bloom from early summer through fall. Varieties are available with silvery white flowers and in dwarf form.
Attributes - Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Mid Fall
Flower Color: Blue, Purple
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Container Plants, Long Blooming. Susceptible to Aphids, Black Spot, Damping-off, Mealybugs.
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