The above picture shows a group of Mealycup Sage (Salvia farinacea). They are a common sight in the parts of Texas where the soils are derived from limestone. These plants will grow in clays, sandy, and loamy soils of this type and do well with little water. They can be seen from late spring to early fall. They are short for members of the Salvia genus growing 2-3 feet tall. Like other members of the Mint family (Lamiaceae) they have square stems. This species is very similar to the Blue Sage (Salvia azurea) but can be distinguished by the differences in height and in the amount of hair on their tubular sepals.
Mealycup Sage has the sepals beneath its flowers fused into a tube. Their surface is densely covered with white hairs which gives the light green sepals a grayish color. Mealycup in the name refers to the grayish appearance of the sepals when viewed from a distance. Blue Sage will be a taller plant and its tubular sepals look light green.