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Victorian Blue Sage

Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

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Salvia farinacea is native to Texas and Mexico and therefore has tolerance to heat, humidity, and challenging soils, making them very easy to grow with little maintenance. Growing up to 1 m, they produce luminous felt-like deep-blue flowers from spring until autumn (if the dying flowers are kept trimmed off) and perform best in full sun and well-drained soil. Great for beds that need to be showy, and also useful for cutting and drying. They will draw butterflies, bees, and nectar-eating birds to your garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves as needed by picking or cutting them, but preferably before they flower, as they taste better! The flowers can also be picked and used raw or as a garnish.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds shallowly indoors in Spring or Winter. Transplant in late Spring to early Summer, 15-30 cm apart.
Cuttings
Propagate from softwood cuttings easily during the growing season. Using rooting hormone will assist the rooting process.

Special features

Attracts birds
The flowers attract sugarbirds.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Drought resistant
Plants are drought tolerant but flourish when watered regularly.
Pot plant
Victoria blue sage makes a beautiful container plant and can be grown as the centre piece​ with smaller plants surrounding it.

Geography

Origin
Mexico and Texas
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The leaves and flowers are edible and can be eaten raw, cooked or used as a garnish.
Landscaping
Plant on mass or just a few plants in a flower bed. Can also be planted in pots.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
, Blue
Scent
Mild

Problems

Slugs may damage young plants and they are susceptible to downy and powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites.

Companion plants

Combine in flower beds with plants of similar water needs.

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