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Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 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:
Dark Blue

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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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22 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Oct 8, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A very reliable annual that is tolerant of heat and drought and does not need rich soil. Not eaten by deer or pests and I have not seen any disease problems. The species is native to Texas. It sometimes overwinters here in USDA Zone 6b like a perennial, especially if close to a building. Once in a while it overwinters in Zone 5 also. Handsome plant with good texture. This is the most common cultivar of this species sold in the North. Liked by many bees and some butterflies for nectar.

Neutral cnggreen On Sep 10, 2014, cnggreen from Rosalia, KS wrote:

I'm a HUGE fan of Victoria Blue salvia and I find that it is most often a perennial in my zone 6a garden. Because my perennial garden is very large, I would like to transplant some adult plants into several different areas. When would be the optimum time to transplant well established adult plants to new areas? I'd like to do it early this fall because I'm re-vamping the entire garden this fall and winter. Thanks for your advice.

Positive Fires_in_motion On Jun 22, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is possibly my favorite salvia, with nearly-glossy leaves (not hairy like most salvias) and beautiful inflorescences. I almost had to keep reminding myself that it was indeed a salvia. Seems to prefer a bit of shade from the hottest sun in afternoon, unlike most salvias. It survived the Icepocalypse winter of 2014, but died shortly after a freak rain event in late May 2014 (14" of rain in 48 hrs.). I will be getting another one. For what it's worth, in the pallet of 'Victoria Blue's for sale, I snagged one with white flowers, presumably a 'Victoria White.' But it's not as pretty or as the blue version. The white one survived the aforementioned deluge because it's in a clay pot.

Positive michigarden1 On May 26, 2012, michigarden1 from Metamora, MI wrote:

this was originally planted in a summer annuals mixed pot planting for 1 summer then in fall was transplanted to the perrennial garden just to see if it might make it thru the winter. I'm in zone 5b and was surprised that it came back on the same stem, in a sandy soil. This season, I'm planting some more in a less protected location, to see if they too will weather thru the summer and winter. On a separate note, While I was plant shopping I noticed a differeny variety of sage that looked very similar to this one but was only 8" tall. I'm looking for more information on that one as I'd like to try that, if it is hardy enough.

Positive anniegolden On Jan 14, 2012, anniegolden from Dover, DE wrote:

Here in Dover, Delaware,(zone 7a) Victoria Blue is sold as an annual, but about half of the plants come back each year without any extra care on my part. They are pretty, they bloom nonstop like an annual, don't flop or smell bad like other perennial salvias ('May Night' - ugh!), and seem to be resistant to pests and diseases. They do well in full sun and in part sun. I love this plant.

Positive rweiler On Oct 23, 2011, rweiler from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I have ben thrilled that this plant has survived 4-5 years in my south-facing bed, against my house, in Albuquerque zone 7a. Mealy Cup Sage is usually sold as an annual here due to our hot summers, and dry, brutal winters. I have chanced a few more this year in shader spots. We shall see!

Positive annsg On Jun 5, 2011, annsg from Apollo Beach, FL wrote:

These get large and showy and looked beautiful planted in our front bed with pink caladiums and yellow lantana. Attract butterflies and are hardy here in zone 9b. Mine receive mostly full sun with a bit of morning and evening shade.

Positive themadchemist On May 22, 2011, themadchemist from Johnston City, IL wrote:

I was given this plant by someone I did some landscaping for and I planted it as I love its colour and foliage. I knew it would die as I'm in zone 6. Well, it didn't. 6 years and it still comes up yearly right on que. As the bed has spread over the last few years I strangely have an albino variety that has started in the middle of the clump, only the flowers are white the foliage is the same green. It flowers from spring to fall and is planted in the harshest and most dry part of the yard. Strangely when I try growing it in other more shady parts of the yard it never overwinters, possible the dry causes it to root deep and make it through the winter. I also love this one in cut flower arrangements where its similar to Lavender but it's much more bulky for a bigger impact.

Positive Robynznest On Nov 8, 2010, Robynznest from Pittsburg, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

This beautiful plant has returned each year, here in zone 6b, now for the past 4 years. I just add a thin layer of mulch around it.

Positive themikeman On Jul 2, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

my mother has been growing blue princess and this variety 'victoria blue' salvias, for many years.They are healthy plants that spread and get larger every year.the leaves on this variety, are exceptionally healthy and the flowers are a beautiful medium favorite color blue salvia however is the 'black and blue salvia' however this 'victoria blue' variety are much hardier and leaves remain much darker green and rarly fade out to that lime color like the black and blue salvias foliage does. mike.

Positive Tammylp On Jan 25, 2009, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Sold here in Ohio Z5 as an annual; surived a very hot summer and lack of water when we were gone; but still looked great with lasting color.

Positive mjsponies On Nov 19, 2008, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Love Love this plant. I have it all over the place other than where it would get full sun all day. It does like some protection during the middle of the day in the summer here in Florida. Also like's a bit more water in summer but otherwise very easy and it brings in the butterflies, bees, and even the hummers will check it out.

Positive rampbrat On Jul 8, 2008, rampbrat from Abilene, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorites. I've had it come back in the spring when planted on the south side of my house. Can get a little leggy sometimes, but just keeps blooming! No pests that I've experienced.

Positive sandiegojames On Jun 18, 2008, sandiegojames from San Diego, CA wrote:

A nice plant overall. I'd consider the color more of an intense blue-violet than a pure blue. Still, it's a color not matched by many other plants.

I get mildew some of the year, and the plant can get leggy and scrappy, particularly when grown as a perennial if not cut back. Other sages like patens, sagittata and cacaliaefolia--though much larger plants--are much more satisfactory garden subjects for me: healthier, better flowering, and with genuinely BLUE flowers.

Neutral RDT On May 16, 2007, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the look of this Salvia but it died in my zone. If I see it offered again at the Nursery I will treat it as an annual.
I placed it in my perennial container. I was so disappointed to see that it did not return.

Neutral darylmitchell On Oct 22, 2006, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These took forever to bloom for me. I didn't get any flowers until August, even though I planted the bedding plants in early June. They eventually had a beautiful blue colour, but weren't as tall as I'd hoped for.

Positive LeBug On Sep 12, 2006, LeBug from Greenville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is not suppose to grow in my zone, I have it close to the house and by my drive way and it is beautiful, could not go without its beautiful blooms, this is one of my favorite plants and my neighbors!

Positive beautifulchaos On May 11, 2006, beautifulchaos from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I also absolutely love the color of the blooms, and so do the neighbors! I covered the bed with straw to see if they might come back up. So far I've got at least a half a dozen coming back. Although, I'm not sure if they will get as large as they were last year in enough time for us to enjoy them.

If not, I will be searching for more of them to fill my west-facing front bed with : )

Positive Kauai17 On May 15, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very beautiful. We have people stopping by to ask us about this plant all the time. The striking blue/violet flowers immediately catch anyone's attention. Within the first year it tripled in size.

Positive TXMel On May 11, 2005, TXMel from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is ONE of my favorites! I planted One plant about three years ago, and now I have hundreds. They reseed very easily in my hot, dry North Texas garden. I have traded, given and pulled up more than I can count. The color will knock you out, and the scent is lightly sweet. Can't get enough.

A few of the taller outside stems will fall over from the weight of the flowers, or the wind, but there are so many of them, it is not a problem. I have them growing everywhere, it almost reminds me of lavendar fields!

Positive birddogbjr On May 1, 2005, birddogbjr wrote:

This perennial is great! It has reseeded itself throughout my entire flower bed and continues to do so. I originally planted about 10 plants and now have around 50 growing in the bed. I'm not certain how to best care for the plant though and wish to learn how to keeps its vibrant blue from fading to dullness during the summer.

Positive northgrass On Mar 5, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Bought plants in flats at a garden center. They are very effective when planted in large groups. They blooms all summer. It is an annual that I will not be without from now on.

Positive Terry On Jul 31, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I started this from seed when we lived in Oklahoma; it proved very hardy, returning year after year in an exposed bed. My mother-in-law has grown it in her garden in middle Tennessee for several years now (it either comes back from the roots or it's seeding itself quite nicely); the blue is quite intense in a part-shade situation.

Positive broots On Aug 14, 2002, broots from Cochrane, ON (Zone 2b) wrote:

Grown as an annual in zone 2b from an indoor seeding. A great plant that never seems to stop flowering. Bees and hummers love it.

Positive eje On Aug 2, 2002, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Salvia farinacea 'Blue Victoria'. I really like the smell of the flowers. Sort of a subtle lilac/grape. Nice foliage, and the flowers look like tiny furry muppets. Butterflies seem to enjoy.


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

Foley, Alabama
Montevallo, Alabama
Chandler, Arizona
Kingman, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Fairfield, California
Garden Valley, California
Oak View, California
Redding, California
Ridgecrest, California
San Diego, California
Dover, Delaware
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Deland, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Hobe Sound, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Largo, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Douglas, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Lisle, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa (2 reports)
Fort Scott, Kansas
Rosalia, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Echo, Louisiana
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Metamora, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Stoutland, Missouri
Bellevue, Nebraska
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Southold, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Lima, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Owasso, Oklahoma
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Gainesboro, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lebanon, Tennessee
Oneida, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Allen, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Crowley, Texas
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Houston, Texas
Hutto, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Salado, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Provo, Utah
South Jordan, Utah
Danville, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Olympia, Washington

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