Salvia farinacea F-1 hybrid. Even from way across the garden, this stunning mix of blues and silver grabs your attention, be the day foggy and overcast or bright and sunny, whether you are near the coast or not. Early flowering blossoms on compact branching 13" plants excel whether clumped by themselves or mixed with others. Best in full sun, and tolerant of poor soil and some drought. Gazing at them in Donna’s garden, though well inland, I imagined I was sailing on Penobscot Bay admiring the alternating waves of color. Start seeds indoors 10–12 weeks before last frost for best bloom. Perennial, Zones 8-10, grown as annual. ~1,050 seeds/g. Especially attractive to pollinators.④
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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.