Salvia farinacea is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 90cm or 3ft. Salvia farinacea is native to Mexico and parts of the United States in North America. They also call it Mealy Sage, Mealycup Sage. The name Salvia is from Latin meaning to heal.
George Bentham (1800-1884), the English botanist, described it first in Labiatarum Genera et Species in 1833.
Though it is a tender perennial, they also grow it as an annual, especially in colder climates. Salvia farinacea is a shrubby and clump-forming plant. It has square stems.
The foliage is greyish-green, ovate-lanceolate and the flowers are violet-blue and two-lipped. They grow on terminal racemes. Salvia farinacea flowers in summer and autumn.
How to grow Salvia farinacea:
Grow Salvia farinacea in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in average, moist but well-drained soil. Propagate from seed or from cuttings in autumn. It is generally disease-free, but watch out for powdery mildew. Salvia farinacea attracts butterflies.
Other synonyms for Salvia farinacea include:
There are various cultivars including:
Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’
Salvia farinacea ‘Strata’
Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’
Salvia Indigo Spires
Salvia Mystic Spires Blue