Common name: Mealy cup sage or Blue salvia
Native to: Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma
S. farinacea is a shrubby plant with tall, sturdy spikes of flowers that repeat bloom short-lived perennial, often grown as an annual. Five years is about the lifespan you can expect from it in gardens where it grows as a perennial. It shares many qualities with other members of the Sage family, including the soft, fuzzy flower spikes and a slightly fragrant foliage.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Dark indigo blue spikes
Fragrance: Leaves are fragrant - sage
Foliage: Evergreen, elongated, slightly serrated leaves, green, with a slight hint of grey to them
Growth habit: Short perennial shrub
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 50 cm
Spread: Up to 30 cm wide
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils.
Uses: Great bedding plants and fillers, making an attractive and distinctive impact. Can also be grown as container plants.