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Salvia argentea, photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters
Salvia argentea, photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters

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Salvia argentea

Silver Sage

Perennials, Shrubs


All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia argentea

Biennial or short-lived perennial. From southernEurope, northwestern Africa.Soft, scallop-edged, silky-haired,silvery white leaves grow 6–10 in. long, form a low foliagerosette to 2 ft. wide. In summer,many-branched, 3–4-ft. floweringstems bear 1 1/4-in.-long, hoodedwhite flowers (sometimestinged pink or yellow) with silverycalyxes. Cut to groundwhen flowers fade. Handsomefocal point for front of border.Protect from slugs and snails.‘Hobbit’s Foot’ grows into a 1-ft.mound with furry basal leaves.

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