Mealy Cup Sage, Mealycup Sage
Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder'

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

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

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:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

El Mirage, Arizona

Roseville, California

Aurora, Colorado

Jacksonville, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Des Allemands, Louisiana

Crofton, Maryland

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Roswell, New Mexico

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Johns Island, South Carolina

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Zapata, Texas

Mathews, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

7
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 2, 2012, mkrailfan from Aurora, CO wrote:

GOOD PLANT BUT WAS ALMOST THREE FOOT TALL WITH REGULAR IRRIGATION! NEEDED A SHORTER VARIETY NOT 18" TALL IN DENVER

Positive

On May 3, 2012, jimenez from West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love this plant. When the flowers die back and seeds form on the stalk, I just enclose the seeds by running my hand up the stalk. I then throw them around the garden. They come back every spring and stay throughout summer and fall. Deadheading some of the stalks keeps the plant from getting leggy.

Positive

On Jul 8, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I sowed these directly in the garden, and being new to the Salvia, identified it by its tall singular stem with actual light and dark stripes vertical along the shaft. Just over two months in, they started to bud. During the summer, they reached close to 4' tall with their flowers, and while mildly floppy, they have been more erect than not. In early fall they are still going strong, but looking lonely and leggy in the garden as everything else starts to die back. Note to self for future beds, interplant them with open shrubs around 2-3' tall. The nectar is popular with hummingbirds, as supplement to their Crocosmia diet, and gold finches are snacking on the dried seeds through mid fall. Last update is that none of them made it through the winter that dipped into the teens. Nothing but not... read more

Positive

On Dec 5, 2008, kittysue from Fairborn, OH wrote:

Not hardy in my zone 5B, but regularly self seeds. Requires little care and is easy to grow.

Positive

On Oct 27, 2006, greenkat from Crofton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Yes, very easy to grow from seed. Got a lot of compliments from neighbors on these. They looked nice with french marigolds and zinnias in a sunny bed.

Positive

On Aug 2, 2003, dstartz from Deep South Texas, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

In June I transplanted homegrown sets to a full sun, sparsely watered garden situated on a corner of 2 blacktop streets. It's August and they have done nothing but flourish and bloom continuously!

They are best coupled with 6-12" plants along their parameter as they need plenty of elbow room.

Positive

On Jul 9, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

this may be a annual in some regions and i think it is here in dallas texas. but for a couple of years now it keeps coming back. it is not invasive, it's just a little weaker not as pretty. if you dead head it will continue to bloom until winter. no serious pests. zone 8

Positive

On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow from seed, may overwinter if the weather is mild enough. Nice soft, gray foliage blends well with perennials, and makes a nice filler plant.

The flower color usually intensifies in the fall, when the weather cools a bit. I definitely prefer the farinacea varieties over the other annual "bedding type" salvias.