Silver sage

Salvia argentea

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
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Silver sage (Salvia argentea)
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Genus:  Salvia
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 Characteristics:  Large, silvery leaves.
Care:  Grow in moist but very well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates heat, humidity, drought, and alkaline soil. Protect from excessive winter moisture.
Propagation:  Sow seed or divide in spring.
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
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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