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This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
|Blue Mealy Cup Sage|
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
|7 - 10|
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
|3 1/2 inch deep pot|
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
(Art's Blue Mealy Cup Sage) Salvia farinacea 'Art's
Blue' is a dusky violet-blue beauty with strong white "eyes" that are beelines
helping winged pollinators find their way to the plant's nectar and pollen.
Please bear with us, because tales of plant parentage can get a bit complicated similar to a "house that Jack built" story. Our introduction is a descendant of a bicolor Mealy Cup Sage developed by horticulturist Art Petley of Austin, Texas.
Art received his bicolor Mealy Cup Sage from Armand Hufault, former president of the Willia County Chapter of the Texas Native Plant Society, who found it in the wild north of Austin near the Willia County town of Jarrett. Hufault grew it from a cutting. Art has since discovered wild stands of the plant at various locations throughout the county.
The plant made its way north to an Albuquerque, New Mexico, garden, where we were lucky enough to receive some seed. We raised many seedlings from which we selected this sturdy plant as well as a bicolor violet blue and white mate that we call Salvia farinacea 'Art's Bicolor'.
Perhaps we should refer to these plants as "Art and Armand's Bicolor Mealy Cup Sages," but that seems like a bit of a mouthful. Plus Art Petley never asked us to name our introductions after him. Let it be.
Petley is known for his work with daylilies and his discovery of Salvia'Silke's Dream' -- an accidental cross of Salvia darcyi and Salvia microphylla -- in an Austin, Texas, garden.
Hufault is an avid collector of Texas native plants and operates the wholesale native plant nursery Armand's Salvias and Perennials.
Both Art's Bicolor and Art's Blue are relatively cold hardy when compared to other Mealy Cup Sages.
The "mealy" part of Mealy Cup Sage refers to the floury look of the calyxes cupping the species' flowers. The calyxes are covered with white hairs. Also, the Latin word farinacea concerns flour.
Native to Texas, New Mexico and northern Mexico, Mealy Cup Sage has become a mainstay of gardens worldwide. Tidy, easy to grow, long blooming and undemanding, this species belongs in almost any sunny garden.
Due to its popularity, varieties of the species abound. These include many European cultivars, which aren't quite as heat and drought resistant as American types. Flowers by the Sea selects only the prettiest and toughest to cultivate.
Butterflies and honeybees find Art's Blue irresistible, but deer aren't so fond of it. Ah well, you can't satisfy everyone.