Mealycup Sage

AKA Mealy Blue Sage, Mealy Sage

Scientific Name: Salvia farinacea

Light: Full sun to part shade

Zone: 8 to 10

Height:  1 to 3 feet

Width:  1 to 2 feet

Flowers:   May to frost; violet blue


Fall Color:

Butterflies:   attracts


Hummingbird:  Butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the nectar.

Deer Resistant: Yes

Insects/Pollinators: attracts

Native:   native to Texas and Mexico

Idea Garden:

Propagation:   Seed should be started indoors by March 1st in Carroll County. Set out seedlings or purchased plants after Mother’s Day. If desired, cut back and pot up several plants in fall or take cuttings in late summer for overwintering in a bright but cool sunny window.

Seed germinates in 2 to 3 weeks at 70 to 72F and this species requires light for germination so do not cover the seed.



Resembling lavender with its white or blue to purple flower spikes, mealycup sage blooms profusely from late spring to frost.


Salvia farinacea – Missouri Botanical Garden

Salvia farinacea – Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman

The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

Recommended for Wildlife by

Salvia farinacea – Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Cultivars / Varieties

Blue Bedder – 36″. Deep-blue

Evolution – 18” spreading 14”; All-American Selection Winner. Unique deep-violet spikes in showy contrast over deep-green foliage. Spikes can be cut, dried and used as everlastings in bouquets.

Evolution White – 16” spreading 14”; Silvery white.

Fairy Queen – 18”; Fleuroselect Medal . Bicolor flowers. Intense deep-blue spikes with tiny bright white spot on each flower. Glossy foliage.

Rhea –  14”; Similar deep-blue flower but more compact than Victoria

Seascape – 14”; intense, clear blues, silvers and whites. Flowers all summer long. Drought tolerant.

Sirius Blue – 12” container; 15” garden; Deep intense blue flowers. Bee, butterfly & hummer plant.

Strata –  15”; All-American Selection Winner & Fleuroselect Medal. Bicolor, silver & blue, compact.

Victoria Blue – 14”; Deep-blue flowers on upright well branched stems, flowering from Spring to first frost.

Victoria White (Argent) – 14”; White flowers from spring to first frost.

Additional information


Zone 8


Part Sun, Sun


Clay, Loam, Moist

Flower Color

Blue, Purple, White

Flower Season

Fall, Spring, Summer

Notable Features

Containers, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Long Blooming

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Hummingbird, Nectar

Local Availability

Available, Widely Available


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