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Two seasons of silver sage

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Silver sage, a biennial (Salvia argentea, USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8), is most commonly photographed in its first season, when it flaunts beefy, extravagantly silvery and fuzzy leaves in a low rosette. It’s a perfect foil for finer textures and shines at the edges of garden beds. But in its second year, it sends up flashy, exuberant clouds of bright-white flowers that are a good enough reason alone to grow this plant. Silver sage prefers full sun to dappled shade and moist, well-drained soil. For best results, plant a few every year, though you may be able to ekk another year out of your plants by deadheading them promptly. (flower photo taken in the garden of Laura Livengood Schaub in San Jose, California)

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  1. InterLeafer 06/11/2010

    My silver sage is famous! Those big flower clusters don't last very long, either...less than a week after that picture was taken they were done. They are also quite heavy, and appreciate some staking to keep them from keeling over...

  2. luckysea13 07/21/2010

    I've grown silver sage & my leaves aren't big at all!!! About half the size in photo.

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