Salvia farinacea True blue flower spikes are abundant for weeks on bushy 3' plants. Grey-green foliage. Light aids germination. Start indoors in warm location (do not cover seed) 4–6 weeks before last frost, keep fairly dry for best foliage color, and transplant outdoors after danger of frost. Perennial in Zone 8-10, grown as an annual. ~900 seeds/g. Especially attractive to pollinators.③
5406 Blue Bedder
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From the Latin salvere, ‘to heal.’ Wide-ranging genus with more than 900 species throughout the world. In the Northeast they range from tiny lawn weeds to showy ornamentals to culinary sage. Members of the mint family, most have square stems and blue or lavender flowers with prominent lips.
Culture: Like full sun and dry conditions, require good drainage. In our climate, all should be started indoors.