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Silver sage

Salvia argentea

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This biennial or short-lived perennial is grown for its massive, downy-silver rosettes of foliage. In its second year, it spawns plumes of white or pinkish flowers with gray calyces in mid- to late summer. The plant has a spiky form, 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. Locate it where the rosettes can be easily seen.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, silvery leaves.

CareGrow in moist but very well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates heat, humidity, drought, and alkaline soil. Protect from excessive winter moisture.

PropagationSow seed or divide in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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