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Salvia farinacea

Mealycup Sage, Blue Sage

Salvia farinacea Benth.

SAL-vee-ah  fair-en-ACE-ee-ah



Explanation of name: For Salvia, see S. coccinea. Farinacea means mealy.


Natural range: Mexico, Texas


Recognition: Comparatively slender and fine but variable mint with blue flowers  in compact vertical spikes.


Landscape uses: Bedding plant or border; used as an annual, or can survive up to 5 years. Notable for long-lasting production of showy blue flowers. Escaped from cultivation.


Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ is probably a hybrid of S. farinacea with S. longispicata. This sterile hybrid cultivar blooms most of the year except for being killed by frost with spikes to a foot long (as communicated by Tom Hewitt who regards it as one of his favorite perennials for South Florida). The flowers are violet, and the sepals are infused with the same color. The plant is tough, tolerant of herat and humifity, best in sun, but with some shade tolerance and with drought tolerance. It tends to bend over under its own weight.




FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season



Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions


Salvia farinacea

Blue Sage


Mealycup Sage


Annual or Perennial

Mostly warm months,

long-flowering (CHR)


(depending on cultivar) (CHR)



(or afternoon sun protection)




Escaped cultivation in North Central Florida (WU2)




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