Common names: ‘Henry Duelberg’ salvia, Duelberg sage, Mealy sage
Botanical names: Salvia farinacea
General information: Texas Superstar plant. A native Texas plant, Salvia farinacea belongs to the family Lamiaceae (Labiatae). It grows with long, narrow clusters of leaves. Plants have square stems and five petalled flowers that have a fragrance like sage. Low maintenance, heat tolerant, perennial. Attracts bees and butterflies. Used as bedding plant, cut flower, mixed border, or wildflower. Not preferred by deer or goats. Mildew resistant. Found in a Texas cemetery.
Size: 3 feet wide and 3 feet in height
Flowers: Spikes of showy blue velvet masses. This variety flowers more than other cultivars.
Bloom time: Spring through frost
Leaves: Slender bright green leaves that grow in clusters
Pests and Disease Problems: None known
Growing in North Texas
Plant in full sun in any soil type. Low to medium water requirements. Shear frequently between bloom cycles to promote rebloom. Once seeds heads dry, the seeds can be collected and sown in the fall or after last frost. Can be cut down to the ground after first frost.
Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, Taylor Trade Publishing, 1991, page 241.
Keywords (tags): blue flower, perennial, deer resistant, goat resistant, heat tolerant, bees, butterflies, wildflower, Texas Superstar