Salvia farinacea

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Salvia farinacea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. farinacea
Binomial name
Salvia farinacea

Salvia earlei

Salvia farinacea, the mealycup sage,[1] or mealy sage, is a herbaceous perennial native to Mexico and parts of the United States including Texas and Oklahoma. Violet-blue spikes rest on a compact plant of typically narrow salvia-like leaves; however, the shiny leaves are what set this species apart from most other Salvia, which bear velvety-dull leaves.


This plant requires full or partial sun and will grow to 18 inches or more with good soil and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The plant is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones 8–10.[2] Crosses between S. farinacea and S. longispcata ( S. longispicata × S. farinacea) are widely sold as ornamental plants, such as 'Indigo Spires' and 'Mystic Spires Blue'.


  1. ^ "Salvia farinacea". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  2. ^ Missouri Botanical Garden: Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

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