Salvia farinacea
'Velocity Blue'

Photo by Forest Starr

This prolific bloomer won't make you wait, producing a steady stream of vivid purple flowers from late spring all through the summer. Quickly filling out to 16” tall by 12” wide, with lightly toothed elliptic green leaves, come May, spikes of hooded purple flowers rise above the foliage. Bunched around a central stem, these nectar-rich one-inch flowers are a magnet for bees and hummers. Spikes appear all summer long, making this the perfect choice for adding vertical pizzazz to a sunny bed. Its compact size is also ideal for adding a pop of purple to a container. Though best grown as an annual in colder climates, this charmer will act as a perennial in zones 9 and above. Plant in full sun to light shade in fertile well-drained soil. Makes an excellent addition to a pollinator garden. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Low Water

USDA Zones 9-11