Easy to grow. Easy to love.

Droughttolerant, deerresistant and capable of thriving in a variety of soils, it doesn’t get much more lowmaintenance than mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea). But even if our 2023 Wildflower of the Year required hours of toil, it would still be a plant worth celebrating. This native perennial has an exceptionally long bloom period, adding color to gardens from early spring to late fall. Plus, it’s a pollinator powerhouse, supporting hummingbirds and butterflies with its sweet nectar. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just beginning to cultivate your green thumb, we think you’ll agree — mealy blue sage is a winner!


Native Salvia Species

There are more than 50 Salvia species native to North America, including mealy blue sage. Browse them all on our database, where you can sort by state, bloom time, height and more.

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2022 Wildflower of the Year

Last year, we celebrated blanketflowers (Gaillardia spp.) 

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Field Guide

The perfect book to help you identify wildflowers on your adventures


Monthly Bloom Chart

See what’s likely to be blooming throughout the season