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Salvia farinacea 'Fairy Queen'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hannah82 On Jun 25, 2014, hannah82 from Brea, CA wrote:

I sowed this plant from seed in late winter and was very pleased when it started blooming in late spring the same year. The seedlings were slow growing at first, but began growing and branching rapidly at the onset of warmer weather. The blue is not a vibrant sapphire as many of the pictures online or in catalogs depict, but en masse, it still lends subdued and sophisticated color to the flower bed. One minor disappointment, however, is it's apparent lack of wildlife value (at least in my area); I do not see many bees, butterflies, or hummingbirds coming by to feed or inspect them. Other than that, it seems to be a very unfussy and floriferous plant with a compact and nicely branching habit. As an aside, do be careful when watering them, as the branches seem somewhat brittle and break off easily at the base even when using a gentle shower-head hose nozzle.

Positive BajaBlue On Sep 13, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

These flowers are a unique bicolor sapphire blue with white spots, good cut flower.

Grows 24" tall, blooms in 12 weeks from seed, annual.

Fleuroselect winner


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

Brea, California
Barbourville, Kentucky

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