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

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early 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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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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

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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


Positive jimenez 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 lehua_mc 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.

Positive kittysue 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 greenkat 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 dstartz 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 nipajo 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 Terry 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
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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