Flowers Salvia

Salvia Seed

Product ID: 1689

Old variety of German origin is superior to all others in our trials.

Similar to Victoria Blue but blooms one week earlier, is taller, and has more stems per plant. Uniform, with strong, thin stems and 5-8" flower spikes. Tolerates heat and humidity. Also known as mealycup sage and mealy-cup sage. Tender perennial in Zones 8-10. Ht. 24-30". Avg. 25,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
Johnny's Recommended Substitute
Uniform plants with 5-8", dense spikes that bloom summer to frost.
Dense 5-8", deep blue spikes bloom summer to frost.
125 - 130 Days
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5–12 days at 75–78°F (24–26°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 6–8 weeks before last frost. Gently press seed 1/4" deep into soil but do not cover, as light is required for germination. Bottom-water or mist to avoid covering seed with displaced soil. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers at the second true leaf stage. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed: Sow in clumps of 3–4 seeds, 1/4" deep.




HARDINESS ZONES: Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: Perennial in Zones 8–10, but best grown as an annual.

HARVEST: Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: For harvest either as a fresh or dried flower, harvest when the bottom 3–4 flowers have opened. Hang to dry.

Long-lasting cut flower, and can also be dried. Excellent in beds, borders, containers, and planted en masse.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Salvia farinacea.

ALTERNATE NAMES: Mealy blue sage, mealy sage, mealycup sage, blue salvia.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Salvia farinacea

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

120 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).

Tender Perennial

Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.

Grows Well in Containers Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Ideal for Drying and Crafts