Texas
Wildbuds

Salvia farinacea

(Mealy Blue Sage)

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Salvia farinacea, Pedernales Falls State Park, Blanco Co. 2578

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Salvia farinacea, Pedernales Falls State Park, Blanco Co. 2589

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Salvia farinacea, Garner State Park, Uvalde Co. 4162/4172

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Salvia farinacea, Lake Georgetown, Williamson Co. 9645

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Salvia farinacea, Lake Georgetown, Williamson Co. 9601

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Salvia farinacea, Lake Georgetown, Williamson Co. 09953

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Salvia farinacea, Lake Georgetown, Williamson Co. 09962

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Salvia farinacea, Garner State Park, Uvalde Co. 4174

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Salvia farinacea, Pedernales Falls State Park, Blanco Co. 2599

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Salvia farinacea, Lake Georgetown, Williamson Co. 0582

Scientific Name Salvia farinacea USDA PLANTS Symbol SAFA2
Common Name Mealycup Sage, Mealy Blue Sage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 32713
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, rocky limestone soils.
Plant: Shrubby, clump-forming perennial 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall; erect to spawling, branching, square stems.
Leaves: Lower leaves linear to ovate-lanceolate, up to 4 inches long and 1-1/4 inches wide, on petioles 1-3/4 inches long, with irregular-coarsely serrate edges; upper leaves lanceolate or linear-lanceolate and may have entire edges.
Inflorescence: Dense whorls of violet-blue flowers spaced along spikes 4 to 8 inches long on long, naked peduncles; each flower up to 1 inch long, with 5 petals united into upper and lower lips, larger lower lip appearing to be 2-lobed, back of upper lip densely covered with purple hairs; sepals below covered with whitish hairs.
Bloom Period: April to November.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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Texas Status:
Native

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