Mealycup sage

Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea 'Victoria')
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Genus:  Salvia
This compact perennial forms a bush less than 1.5eet tall by 1 foot wide, with indigo stems and glossy green leaves. It bears deep, navy blue flowers on medium spikes from early summer to frost.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Salvia are some of the showiest plants for containers and borders. The flowers are made up of two lips: the upper one forms a hood over whiskery stamens and the lower lip, which itself is wide and toothed. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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