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)
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)
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.
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 nothing is coming up in mid spring.
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
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.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
El Mirage, Arizona Roseville, California Aurora, Colorado Jacksonville, Florida Royal Palm Beach, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Barbourville, Kentucky Bayou Gauche, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland St Cloud, Minnesota Roswell, New Mexico Winston-salem, North Carolina Portland, Oregon Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Kiawah Island, South Carolina Orangeburg, South Carolina Winnsboro, South Carolina Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Alice, Texas Arlington, Texas Dallas, Texas Falcon Lake Estates, Texas Kerrville, Texas Mathews, Virginia Sterling, Virginia Johnstown, Wyoming Riverton, Wyoming