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Victorian Blue Sage

Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Victorian Blue Sage Overview

Salvia farinacea is native to Texas and Mexico and therefore has tolerance to heat, humidity, and challenging soils, making them very easy to grow with little maintenance. Growing up to 1 m, they produce luminous felt-like deep-blue flowers from spring until autumn (if the dying flowers are kept trimmed off) and perform best in full sun and well-drained soil. Great for beds that need to be showy, and also useful for cutting and drying. They will draw butterflies, bees, and nectar-eating birds to your garden.

Common problems with Victorian Blue Sage

Slugs may damage young plants and they are susceptible to downy and powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites.

Victorian Blue Sage Companion Plants

Combine in flower beds with plants of similar water needs.

How to harvest Victorian Blue Sage

Harvest leaves as needed by picking or cutting them, but preferably before they flower, as they taste better! The flowers can also be picked and used raw or as a garnish.

How to propagate Victorian Blue Sage


Sow seeds shallowly indoors in Spring or Winter. Transplant in late Spring to early Summer, 15-30 cm apart.


Propagate from softwood cuttings easily during the growing season. Using rooting hormone will assist the rooting process.

Special features of Victorian Blue Sage

Attracts birds

The flowers attract sugarbirds.

Attracts useful insects

The flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

Plants are drought tolerant but flourish when watered regularly.

Pot plant

Victoria blue sage makes a beautiful container plant and can be grown as the centre piece​ with smaller plants surrounding it.

Other uses of Victorian Blue Sage


The leaves and flowers are edible and can be eaten raw, cooked or used as a garnish.


Plant on mass or just a few plants in a flower bed. Can also be planted in pots.

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