Mealy Blue Sage — also called Mealycup Sage — is a sun-loving Texas native that adds its gorgeous deep blue blooms to your landscape.
Salvia farinacea grows to a height of 2 to 2-1/2 feet and the bloom spikes are usually 4-6″ long. This is another favorite of bees, so you can expect to have these terrific pollinators in your garden if you have Mealy Blue Sage in your landscape. Butterflies also love it, so you can enjoy them as well.
Although this plant is not evergreen, and is usually laid low by the first frost of the year, it has reliably come back for us every spring for 3 years now.
The individual blooms are very beautiful but I just read somebody who thinks they look like muppets (?). What do you think?
This plant needs a little bit of extra attention and it likes a little more water than some other Texas native plants.
If you want the plant to keep its nice, upright growth, you’ll need to cut off some of the taller bloom stalks from time to time. If you keep the overall height of the plant at 2 feet it will not fall over or droop (unless it’s in a windy location).
Make sure you don’t water it from above. That will really make the bloom stalks droop over and it might also break them. It’s better to water this plant with a soaker hose, or spray the hose down at the base of the plant.
Right now, you can get Mealy Blue Sage at the Downtown Arlington Farmers Market, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Market is at 215 Front Street (corner of Elm and Front Street), just 1 block east of Johnny High’s and Babe’s.
If you’d like to pick some up on a different day, give us a call, or send us a text or email. We can make arrangements with you to pull your order and you can drop by and pay for it and pick it up.
Sorry, but Miss Kitty’s not for sale…