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Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue.
A common name for these plants is "mealy-cup sage," a name that derives from the fuzzy appearance of the flowers of its wild ancestor. Another common name for them is "flowering sage." Victoria Blue salvia plants are herbaceous perennials in their native Texas and Mexico but, in northern climes, are usually treated as annual plants. Victoria Blue salvia plants reach 18"-24" tall, with a similar spread. The deep blue flowers run up and down 8"-10" flower spikes. The foliage is also attractive, being a grayish-green. Blooms all summer long. Grow Victoria Blue salvia flowers in a sunny area with a well-drained soil. Although drought-tolerant once established, a moderate amount of water must be supplied to young plants. Victoria Blue salvia flowers are cold-hardy to planting zone 7.
The deep blue color of Victoria Blue salvia flowers are no doubt the plants' outstanding feature. Deep, true blue (as opposed to a purplish blue) is a highly sought after color in annual flowers.