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.
Unplugged® So Blue™ Mealycup Sage Salvia farinacea
- 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).
FeaturesDo 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 WinnerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingFall InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirdsResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:14 - 24 InchesSpacing:10 - 14 InchesSpread:12 - 16 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Shade:True BlueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Silvery GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To Hard FrostHardiness Zones:8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses 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
Therese Koturbash, Manitoba, Canada, 18 weeks 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, 19 weeks ago
Grew in part sun In a container. Loved the blue stem. Beautiful plantCherie, Pennsylvania, United States, 32 weeks ago
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