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SALVIA farinacea (CATHEDRAL™ SERIES)

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Green Fuse® Botanicals, Inc.

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA farinacea( CATHEDRAL™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Mealycup Sage

General Description

The floriferous salvias in the Cathedral™ Series are very compact and produce lots of extra large flower spikes all season long. They are also very early to flower when grown from seed. The series was developed by Green Fuse® Botanicals, Inc.

Few bedding plants are American natives, but mealycup sage is an exception. Native populations of this attractive tender perennial are most prevalent in the south-central United States and adjacent Mexico. In the wild they can be found growing in dry calcareous soils in open, upland plains, prairies, meadows, roadsides and open woodlands. The bushy, upright plants survive as evergreen to semi-evergreen perennials down South but will die to the ground in their northernmost zone of hardiness. Flowering can occur all season long, with good care and regular deadheading. Mealycup sage is a favorite bedding flower worldwide admired for its attractive blooms, adaptability and drought tolerance.

The fragrant, narrow, lance-shaped leaves of this salvia are pale green to gray-green. Some have teeth along the margins while others have smooth edges. From spring to fall, violet-blue spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. There are many cultivars available in shades of blue, violet, white and/or silver. Hummingbirds, bees and even butterflies will visit the flowers and the small, dry brown fruits that follow produce seeds that fall to the ground and readily germinate.

Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use this plant in patio containers, cutting gardens or any place where continuous flower color is desired. Performing best in full sun and well-drained soil, established plants are moderately drought tolerant and can go longer between waterings than most other annual flowers. Plants grown under drier conditions tend to have more gray-green foliage. Mealycup sage will often self-sow but not aggressively.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Texas, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Lavender, Blue Violet, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes