This multi-award winning variety of Salvia bred by Floranova is absolutely stunning. Like many of the recently released varieties of salvia, Salvia Farinacea Strata is a hardy compact plant, with beautiful grey-green foliage. Where Salvia Farinacea Strata is a cut-above other salvia varieties is in its unique flower. The beautiful blue flowers are framed by a white calyx, providing a stunning bicolour flower display that will not only be at home in any cottage garden, but is also a popular choice for high-performance mass-planting (bedding) applications. In bedding applications, these Salvias are typically planted out after the last frosts, and will flower throughout the year, until the cold weather knocks them around with the approach of winter. Depending on the severity of the cold weather, this variety can come back and be grown as a biennial, however, it is most commonly grown as a colourful annual.
As the largest genus in the mint family, the Salvia genus consists of more than 900 species, consisting of small and large plants, annual and perennials, and there is sure to be variety that is suited for your particular garden application. At The Climbing Fig we stock what we consider to be the highest performing varieties of both ornamental and edible salvia, and are always on the lookout for worthy additions. Anyone who has a particular interest in learning more about salvia plant varieties, should check out a feature article titled The Joy of Salvia which was published in the Gardening Australia Magazine in June 2012. The article is available on the Gardening Australia website. As the article is a few years old now, several new varieties are now available, however it is a great read for anyone with an interest in learning how salvia plants can be used.
Advantages of Salvia Farinacea Strata
Large flowering compact variety
Unique salvia colour combination (bicolour) with blue flowers and white calyx on silver stems
Ideal for mass-plantings and bedding colour
40 - 45cm height at maturity
30 - 50cm apart is suitable planting distance
Flowers 6 - 8 weeks after sowing
Prefers full sun but will grow in part shade
Suitable for pots and will grow in most regions of Australia
Hardy annual, although depending on winter temperatures, can be a frost-tender biennial
Seed Sowing Instructions
Easy to follow seed propagation notes are provided with every seed purchase
Seeds of this variety are best started in seed raising mix or Jiffy® pellets before planting into the garden