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Salvia farinacea 'Victoria'

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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 CharacteristicsSalvia 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. 

CareProvide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

PropagationSow seed, or divide plants, in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. user-7008369 02/17/2017

    Anyone care to comment on winter care/pruning (how and when)

  2. aawsm 06/09/2017

    How exactly does one deadhead a salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' grown in a container? Thanks.

  3. timothybenz 09/26/2017

    I would like to plant these in my front flower bed with my yellow mums to offset the color. Would these be a great addition or would they take over?

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