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Salvia argentea

Common Name:
Silver sage
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
1-4 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
These plants are notable for their broad, toothed, white-hairy basal leaves, which lie close against the ground. The leaves are individually up to a foot long. In summer, branched flower stalks rise 2-3 feet above the foliage, displaying many white flowers. These may go almost unnoticed against the wool of the stems. The plants may die after seeding; quickly removing the flower stems will prolong their life by at least a year or two. They need full exposure and are best on a bank or slope.