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Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White' 'Victoria White' Sage

Edward F. Gilman, Teresa Howe, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail Hansen


This cultivar of blue salvia, native to the southwestern United States, adds a soft white color to any sunny landscape. Plants grow to about 2 feet tall and will spread with a tight head to about 2 feet. Flower spikes are held well above the dense, grey/green foliage, displaying the striking white color nicely. Plants are very uniform, providing a nice, solid structure to any landscape planting.

Full Form - Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White': 'Victoria White' Sage
Figure 1. Full Form - Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White': 'Victoria White' sage.
Credit: Edward F. Gilman, UF/IFAS


Leaf and Flower - Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White': 'Victoria White' Sage
Figure 2. Leaf and Flower - Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White': 'Victoria White' sage.
Credit: Edward F. Gilman, UF/IFAS

General Information

Scientific name: Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White'

Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh fair-rin-NAY-see-uh

Common name(s): 'Victoria White' sage, 'Victoria White' salvia

Family: Labiatae

Plant type: perennial; herbaceous

USDA hardiness zones: 9 through 11 (Figure 3)

Planting month for zone 9: Mar; Sep; Nov; Dec

Planting month for zone 10 and 11: Feb; Mar; Oct; Nov

Origin: native to North America

Invasive potential: not known to be invasive

Uses: border; cut flowers; attracts butterflies; attracts hummingbirds

Availability: generally available in many areas within its hardiness range

Shaded area represents potential planting range.
Figure 3. Shaded area represents potential planting range.


Height: 2 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Plant habit: upright

Plant density: moderate

Growth rate: fast

Texture: medium


Leaf arrangement: whorled

Leaf type: simple

Leaf margin: serrate

Leaf shape: ovate

Leaf venation: not applicable

Leaf type and persistence: semi-evergreen

Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches

Leaf color: green

Fall color: not applicable

Fall characteristic: not applicable


Flower color: white

Flower characteristic: summer flowering; fall flowering


Fruit shape: no fruit

Fruit length: no fruit

Fruit cover: no fruit

Fruit color: not applicable

Fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: not applicable

Current year stem/twig color: green

Current year stem/twig thickness: thin


Light requirement: plant grows in full sun

Soil tolerances: acidic; sand; loam; clay

Drought tolerance: moderate

Soil salt tolerances: unknown

Plant spacing: 6 to 12 inches


Roots: not applicable

Winter interest: not applicable

Outstanding plant: not particularly outstanding

Pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests

Use and Management

Space plants about 12 inches apart to quickly form a solid mass of purple color. Set a mass planting of salvia in front of a dark green background of foliage from a dense shrub for maximum effect. Salvia also looks nice planted in a perennial border mixed with other perennials and grasses. It is also suited for planting in a container and displaying on a deck or patio.

Pests and Diseases

Aphids suck plant juices and may coat the leaves with sticky honeydew.

Powdery mildew may coat the leaves with a white powdery growth.

Publication #FPS523

Release Date:January 23, 2024

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About this Publication

This document is FPS523, one of a series of the Department of Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date October 1999. Revised October 2023. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

Edward F. Gilman, professor emeritus, Department of Environmental Horticulture; Teresa Howe, former coordinator, research programs and services, UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center; Ryan W. Klein, assistant professor, arboriculture, and Gail Hansen, professor, sustainable landscape design, Department of Environmental Horticulture; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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