Andean silver-leaf sage

Salvia discolor

Photo/Illustration: 
Linda Wesley
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Andean silver-leaf sage (Salvia discolor)
SAL-vee-ah DIS-kul-or
Genus:  Salvia
This tender perennial from Peru is highly unusual for its dramatic, purple-black flowers and pistachio-green calyces. The flowers appear from late summer to early fall. The drama is heighted by its contrasting silvery leaves and stems, which are densely cloaked in woolly, white hairs. Plants grow to about 18 inches tall and 12 inches wide. This specimen looks great tumbling over the edge of a container.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Salvia discolor is drought resistant.
Propagation:  Sow seed, or divide, in spring. Take cuttings from spring through fall.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Early Fall
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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