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Salvia farinacea 'Evolution'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: farinacea (far-ih-NAH-kee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Evolution

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CosmosandCleome On Jul 28, 2013, CosmosandCleome from Bethany, PA wrote:

I have grown this as an annual in Zone 5 for two years now, and love it. Its blooms last a long time, and it withstands all varieties of weather. I've used it in containers and in the ground with equal success. I can't say enough good things about it.

Positive goldcow On May 28, 2013, goldcow from Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is growing and returned after winter in my 7b garden. It says it's annual here but mine is blooming great. It has stayed on the small side.

Positive rebelee On May 29, 2009, rebelee from Grand Prairie, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Saw at "big box" store and couldn't resist it's startling purple spires. Has done fine in my slightly ammended clay soil. Beautiful against a stone retaining wall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hebron, Kentucky
Monroe, Louisiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Apex, North Carolina
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Carrollton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Irving, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Madison, Wisconsin

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