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Salvia farinacea 'Rhea'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Dark Blue
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rosepetal2 On Jun 27, 2013, rosepetal2 from Danvers, MA wrote:

Salvia farinacea 'Rhea' is reliable perennial for me in Z6b here along coast in MA. Overtime I've have bought various containers at HD/Lowes/Walmart and they are all true to cultivar. Although cheap, Rhea salvia is a steady performer and it's easy to identify time to divide when center seems to die - - it self seeds as well. Although drought tolerant, I water feed throughout season and keep curved linking stakes to keep heavy flowered spires upright. Planted in small garden with catnip at feet of White Dawn climbing rose that climbs with Jackmanii clematis up stairs/rails to 2nd story deck. I pinch spent spires and these sage continue to shoot flower spires throughout summer. The soft gray foliage of Rhea and catnip set off the deep purple blossoms continuing vertically with the deep purple of clematis in contrast to White Dawn's clusters. This combination is spectacular if you have the room and a contrast climbing rose!

Positive bsharf On Apr 26, 2007, bsharf from Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Pretty blue salvia, sold as an annual bedding plant in Florida.


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

Grass Valley, California
Montclair, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Debary, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Olathe, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Danvers, Massachusetts
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Beaumont, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Houston, Texas
Linden, Texas
Graham, Washington

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