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Unplugged® So Blue Mealycup Sage Salvia farinacea

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 16"
Height
14" - 2'
Spread
12" - 16"
  • Details

    Features

    Do you BELIEVE in LOVE at first sight?

    True blue flowers on mid-sized plants that love heat, don't mind humidity and will bloom non-stop for months. A good sized plant, but not too large. It is right-sized for containers and good for use in landscapes as well.

    Award Winner
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    14 - 24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    10 - 14 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 - 16 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Shade: 
    True Blue
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Silvery Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    A great plant for attracting pollinators.  It works equally well in landscapes and containers and blooms for weeks on end.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    This is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost free zones), compact and richly colored, it is easy and trouble free. It will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping.

    You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers. Although that should not be necessary.

    Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot or the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.

    It is a big attractor of bees! They love the sweet nectar in the flowers, so place it accordingly; a bit farther from seating areas if bees are a concern. It is always great to have a plant that will support our native bees!!

    Unplugged® So Blue Salvia farinacea 'G14251' USPP 32,695, Can PBRAF
  • 3 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • the gardening season of 2020 was my first experience with this outstanding plant. It is so easy to care for in both beds and pots. It requires virtually no deadheading, has strong growth, blooms magnificently and consistently throughout the entire growing season and is a magnet for pollinators. I love the colour of the blooms. I planted it as a back drop for white daisies and pink geraniums. I could not have asked for stronger performance. I love it and will welcome it back next year to my zone 3-4 garden. in Manitoba.

      Therese Koturbash
      , Manitoba
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted 4 unplugged salvia in containers, near my vegetable garden. What a bee magnet! The blue flowers are simply gorgeous, I am in zone 5 and it is 8/30/2020, they still look great. I plan to buy 6 of these next spring.

      greg
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Grew in part sun In a container. Loved the blue stem. Beautiful plant

      Cherie
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
  • 27 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Highlight Plant Week 7/20 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Leaders of the Pack North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer - Mid Season Michigan State University
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2020 Top Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top 12 Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2020 Top Performer Biltmore Estate
    2020 Top 10 Plant Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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