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Salvia farinacea 'Rhea Blue'

Mealycup Sage

Salvia Rhea Blue is a reliable, long lasting performer with its fragrant violet-blue spikes. The leaves are lanced shaped and a medium to light green color. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy visiting the plants dense spikes and deer are most likely to ignore these landscape favorites. 

Height: 12-16 Inches

Spread: 10-12 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 9-11

Color: Violet Blue

Interesting Notes:

Native to the south-central portion of the United States (Texas) as well as Mexico. 

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

Performs best in a full-sun location with well-drained soil.  Is heat tolerant and moderately drought tolerant when compared with other annuals. Deadhead as needed to promote continuous bloom.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies
  • Bees


  • Fragrant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Dwarf

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Container
  • Versatile
  • Border
  • Mass Planting
  • Ground Cover
  • Woodland Edge
  • Focal Point
  • Edging
  • Cut Flower


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Gray / Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained
  • Dry