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Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'


Eight-year-old Destinee Love enjoys the Salvia farinacea (Mealy Sage)
growing wild on the Love ranch near Junction, Texas.

Salvia farinacea in the family Lamiaceae (Labiatae) is a native plant
with long, narrow leaves which grow in clusters. Plants have square
stems and velvet flowers which have 5 petals with a sage fragrance.

As in any native plant population, some white flowers exist naturally.

To show how drought-tolerant this Salvia is, just look at neighboring

In a pasture where goats and sheep graze, the only greenery which is
not destroyed is the foliage of Agarita plants with red-ripe berries and
the Salvia farinacea. This Salvia is the dominant parent of the 'Henry
Duelberg' salvia and this is why deer or goats will not eat 'Henry
Duelberg' salvia in the landscape.

The highway department uses Salvia farinacea in combination with other
wildflowers to beautify Interstate 10 between Junction and Kerrville.

The panoramic beauty of Salvia farinacea is enhanced with other

this Duelberg Sage

Low maintenance, heat tolerant, native perennial with masses of showy blue flowers. Zone 7.

Flowers: Spikes of showy blue flowers from spring until frost. More floriferous than other cultivars.

Care: Shear frequently between bloom cycles to promote rebloom.

Foliage: Healthy, larger and greener than the species, mildew resistant.

Exposure: Full sun. Heat tolerant, Duelberg sage is a showy, blue flowered perennial which blooms vigorously from spring until frost

Water: Low to medium.

Habit: Vigorous, busy mass. 3 feet x 3 feet.

Uses: Bedding, containers, xeriscape, perennial border, cut flower, etc.

Note: Texas native. Found by Greg Grant in a small central Texas cemetery. Taller with bluer and more floriferous flowers and larger and
greener leaves than modern cultivars. Not preferred by deer.


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