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Salvia farinacea 'Texas Violet' - Texas Violet Mealy Sage

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Flower Color: Blue & White
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Salvia farinacea 'Texas Violet' (Texas Violet Mealy Sage) A perennial plant with herbaceous stem to 3 to 4 feet tall by 1 to 2 feet wide with narrow 3 inch long bright green leaves and dense terminal spikes to 6 to 10 inch long of bicolored lightly fragrant (grape scented) flowers from early spring to early fall. The flowers in the spike are 3 /4 inch long with deep indigo colored petals set upon lightly hairy white sepals. Plant in full sun with occasional to little supplemental irrigation. Good in most soils but avoid wet clay situations. This plant has proven to be evergreen in our climate but is decidous and root hardy to 0 F elsewhere. Tip prune early in the season, deadhead spent flowers and cut to the ground in early winter to maintain a neat looking plant. This plant is attractive to hummingbirds but is reported to apparently not appeal to rabbits. It is larger and looser than typical Salvia farinacea Blue Bedder type cultivars that are used mostly for annual color. Salvia farinacea is native to Texas and New Mexico where it is found on plains and low hills in limestone soils from 3500-6000 feet. This selection was discovered by Greg Starr or Starr Nursery in Tucson and was a joint introduction with Moutain States Wholesale Nursery in Phoenix. The name 'Texas Violet' is a registered Arizona trademark (#41921) that is owned by Mountain States Nursery. The common name Mealy Sage comes from the felted hairs on the calyx. We first saw this beautiful plant growing at Native Sons Nursery in Arroyo Grande, CA.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Salvia farinacea 'Texas Violet'.